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The latest new corona virus news from Canada and around the world Saturday (this file will be updated all day). Web links to longer stories if available.

7 nights Ontario’s regional health unit reports 320 new COVID-19 infections, according to the latest Star count.

Starting at 5 pm Saturday, the health unit has reported a total of 29,212 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,316 deaths. The daily count has fallen from a surge that saw a total of above 400 cases per day most of last week.

The growth of new infections has not felt the same in this province this month. Daily figures have fallen outside the GTA. Meanwhile, new cases in the region remain relatively high.

The Saturday count includes 123 new cases in Toronto and 114 other cases in the Peel Region; together, two health units accounted for nearly three-quarters of the province’s new infections.

Based on Provincial database of COVID-19 cases, nearly 80 percent of 3,933 Ontarians with active COVID-19 cases are in the GTA, with almost 85 percent in Toronto or the Peel Region.

In many parts of the province, only a handful of patients still have active disease. Nineteen of Ontario’s regional health units – including all six in northern Ontario – have less than 10 active cases.

Meanwhile, 19 fatal cases reported in the province since Friday night fell slightly from the recent flat trend. Death rates have declined since peaking at more than 90 a day in early May, about two weeks after the total daily cases reached their first peak in mid-April.

Because many health units publish calculations on their website before reporting to Ontario Public Health, Star counts are more up to date than the data released by the province every morning.

Earlier Saturday, the province reported that 801 patients were now being treated in hospitals with COVID-19, including 121 in intensive care, 84 of them using ventilators – a number that dropped sharply this month. The province also said more than 21,000 patients who tested positive for the corona virus have now recovered from the disease – about three-quarters of the total infected.

The province said the data was accurate until 4 pm the previous day. The province also warned of the latest total death toll – 2,247 – possible incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, said that in the event of a discrepancy, “the data reported by (the health unit) must be considered the most up-to-date.”

Star counts include some patients who are reported as “probable” COVID-19 cases, which means they have symptoms and contact or travel history that shows they are very likely to suffer from this disease, but haven’t received a positive lab test.

5:20 pm: The Italian Minister of Health confirmed the country could continue plans to start allowing travel throughout the country next week, even when several local governors opposed to letting people from the hard-hit Lombardy region move freely.

Data about the spread of the virus is improving and allowing reopening among regions, Health Minister Roberto Speranza told newswire Ansa. The announcement came after a midnight meeting with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and various coalition party representatives and ministers.

Governments and regional governors are at odds over the fate of citizens from Lombardy, the richest and most populous region in Italy, which is located around Milan, and the center of one of Europe’s worst virus outbreaks. Several regional authorities, including the governor of the Naples region, Campania, have threatened to close their borders with people who came from Lombardy after the free travel in Italy resumed.

Although new virus cases continue to decline, Lombardy still has the highest ratio of new cases per 100,000 people, according to data published by the Ministry of Health in the May 18-24 period, after the locking steps had diminished. A total of 33,229 deaths have been reported in Italy since the start of the pandemic in February, mostly in northern Italy and 16,012 in Lombardy.

5:15 pm .: Large-scale protests in the U.S. cities following the police murder of a black man in Minnesota has sent horror through the healthcare community and raised fears that a large crowd will cause a new surge in coronavirus cases.

Some leaders called for calm in places where crowds smashed shops and smashed police cars in the last few nights had distributed masks and warned demonstrators that they put themselves at risk.

The Minnesota governor said on Saturday that too many protesters did not socially distance or wear masks after heeding calls earlier this week.

But many seem unaffected.

“It’s okay that in the midst of a pandemic we must be here risking our lives,” Spence Ingram said on Friday after marching with other protesters to the Georgian state capital in Atlanta. “But I must protest for my life and fight for my life all the time.”

Demonstrations for the murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis officer pressed his knee, came at a time when many cities began to relax with orders to stay at home.

That’s especially worrisome for health experts who fear that a silent virus carrier who has no symptoms can unknowingly infect others when gathering with people who are packing cheeks and cheering and mocking without masks.

Read the full story here.

5 things: British Columbia announced there were no new deaths from COVID-19 for the second consecutive day on Saturday, because it recorded 11 new cases of the virus.

This is the third time this week that there have been no deaths from COVID-19 in BC.

The announcement came as SM children prepared to return voluntarily to school starting on Monday.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the government was thinking carefully about the time to open schools throughout BC, and the decline in the case supported their decision. Henry also pushed back concerns about the rise in COVID-19 cases among children when schools reopened, saying the province knew how to manage those cases. Henry also announced an order to limit overnight camps for children and adolescents throughout the province during the summer.

4:15: There are 90,177 confirmed cases and suspected COVID-19 in Canada, according to The Canadian Press, including 7,073 deaths and 48,089 completed cases. The following is a breakdown by province and region. (Note: The Star compiles its latest totals for Ontario. See entries at 11:30 a.m., below.)

  • Quebec: 50,651 confirmed (including 4,439 deaths, 16,070 resolved)
  • Ontario: 27,533 confirmed (including 2,247 deaths, 21,353 resolved)
  • Alberta: 6,979 confirmed (including 143 deaths, 6,218 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 2,573 confirmed (including 164 deaths, 2,181 resolved)
  • Nova Scotia: 1,056 confirmed (including 60 deaths, 978 resolved)
  • Saskatchewan: 645 confirmed (including 10 deaths, 580 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 283 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 278 resolved), 11 suspected
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 255 resolved)
  • New Brunswick: 129 confirmed (including 120 resolved)
  • Prince Edward Island: 27 confirmed (including 27 resolved)
  • Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
  • Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 11 resolved)
  • Northwest Region: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)
  • Nunavut: There are no confirmed cases

4 pm.: People from a city in northern New Brunswick lined up outside testing centers on Saturday, anxiously waiting to find out if they had been exposed to COVID-19. Health officials have focused on Campbellton since the beginning of the week when he learned that a health care professional who contracted a new corona virus outside the province was not independent after returning to New Brunswick.

Public Health Officials confirmed another new case in Zone 5, Campbellton County, Saturday – making nine active cases in the area in just a week. The new case, which is being investigated, is an individual in his 70s.

To date, there have been 129 confirmed cases in New Brunswick and 120 people have recovered from their illnesses.

03:45: The Quebec government says parks and ponds will be allowed to reopen in all provinces because health authorities on Saturday reported the lowest number of COVID-19 cases confirmed since late March.

The total number of deaths in the provinces related to COVID-19 was 4,439 after 76 were reported the previous day, but 419 new cases in the last 24 hours were the lowest since March 28.

The total number of confirmed cases in the province is 50,651.

On Saturday, Quebec Health Minister Danielle McCann and City Minister Andrée Laforest announced in a statement that the province gave the green light for the reopening of open swimming pools, submerged pools and outdoor garden structures – including splash pads – for the summer.

Physical distance and other health and hygiene measures will apply. The province says those responsible for maintaining parks must clean surfaces that are often touched regularly and there must be a place for people to wash their hands.

In addition to reducing the number of new cases, the province also said hospitalization dropped 68 to 1,197 patients. The number of patients in intensive care has fallen to 167, and 16,070 people throughout the province have recovered.

Nearly half of the confirmed cases are in Montreal, where officials extended the state of emergency since March 27, giving city officials flexibility in handling the pandemic. Montreal is the center of COVID-19 in Canada, reporting 2,740 deaths on Saturday.

03:45: Ontario is extending COVID-19 housing electricity assistance for another five months, but prices will still rise by almost three cents per kilowatt hour.

Premier Doug Ford’s office said on Saturday that water prices would now be flat at 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour, regardless of the time of day. That’s higher than the 10.1 cents per hour that has been charged since electricity assistance was introduced on March 24, but is still far below the peak level that can reach as high as 20.8 cents.

The province said the changes will take effect June 1 and last until October 31, while industrial and commercial businesses will also see an extension of COVID-19 assistance until the end of June.

When the COVID-19 hydro level assistance was first announced, it was estimated that it would affect around five million housing, agriculture and small business taxpayers who were subject to the price of use time.

14:30: Scene in Trinity Bellwoods Park much calmer on Saturdays than a week before when thousands of people opposed the rules of physical distance during COVID-19 pandemic.

Most people in the western end of the park stay in a circle painted on grass this week to encourage people to keep their distance from others while enjoying the park on a sunny day.

Police and city officials condemned a mass meeting last Saturday, which saw thousands of people gather in the middle of the park in what police described as a party atmosphere with public poisoning.

Read the full story here.

12:04 p.m. The United Nations has confirmed that the election of non-permanent seats in the Security Council – which pits Canada against Norway and Ireland – will take place in June under new rules that have never been before to prevent COVID-19 deployment.

193 ambassadors will vote on behalf of their countries in secret balloting with three candidates competing for the two temporary seats available at the most powerful UN body.

But the vote will not take place during the full meeting of the General Assembly because New York has become the center of it COVID-19 outbreak and that has forced UN diplomats to work from home and rely on video conferencing.

Instead, the ambassadors will be notified in advance to come to the designated place at the UN headquarters – a separate procession made up that would make the world’s leading diplomats present their UN security permits and then be given a paper ballot.

Ambassadors will be given different time slots to come to the United Nations to cast their votes to avoid mass gatherings during the pandemic.

Details were released in a memo that had been considered by the UN ambassador for more than a week, and which brought a deadline on Friday night to reach consensus.

Read the full story here.

11:30 a.m .: Ontario’s COVID-19 testing laboratory has completed more than 20,000 tests in one day for the first time, the province said.

According to the provincial morning update, the laboratory completed 20,640 tests Friday, up more than 2,000 from the previous day and a sharp increase of more than 12,000 from Sunday, which was among a series of days where the lab fell far below the daily target of 16,000.

At 11 noon Saturday, Ontario’s regional health unit reported a total of 28,913 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,298 deaths.

A total of 369 new cases were confirmed and are likely to be reported from the same time Friday morning down from the previous day. The figures have fallen from spikes that saw total health units rise above 400 per day for most of last week.

The growth of new infections in Ontario has not been felt the same in this province this month. Daily counts of new cases have fallen outside the Greater Toronto Area for the past two weeks. Meanwhile, the number in the city has recovered after falling from the peak level seen last month.

The Saturday morning count included 175 new cases in Toronto and 92 other cases in the Peel Region reported Friday afternoon; together, two health units accounted for more than two-thirds of the province’s new infections.

The 26 fatal cases reported in the province since Friday are in line with the recent flat trend. However, the death rate has fallen considerably since it peaked at more than 90 a day earlier this month, about two weeks after the total daily cases reached their first peak in mid-April.

Because many health units publish calculations on their website before reporting to Ontario Public Health, Star counts are more up to date than the data released by the province every morning.

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Earlier Saturday, the province reported that 801 patients were now being treated in hospitals with COVID-19, including 121 in intensive care, 84 of them using ventilators – a number that dropped sharply this month. The province also said more than 21,000 patients who tested positive for the corona virus have now recovered from the disease – about three-quarters of the total infected.

The province said the data was accurate until 4 pm the previous day. The province also warned that the latest total death toll – 2,247 – might be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that if there were discrepancies, “data reported by (health units) should be considered the most recent.”

Star counts include some patients who are reported as “probable” cases of COVID-19, which means they have symptoms and contact or travel history that indicates that they most likely have the disease, but have not received a positive laboratory test.

11 AM: Ontario will begin to allow campers to return to the provincial parks on Monday.

The province says camping in the interior will be followed by physical long-distance measures that limit the number of people gathered.

No more than five people will be allowed to occupy the same camp, unless they live in the same house.

Steps to reopening include access to the rowing and portage routes, and hiking trails.

Ontario Parks will also expand permits for picnics and pet areas without ties.

However, camping sites will remain closed, at least until June 14.

“We are all excited to go outside this year, and camping in the interior will give people a low-risk way to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors while following physical distance rules,” Environment Minister Jeff Yurek said in a statement.

The expanded reopening came when the province announced plans to allow cinema drive-ins and batting cages to reopen on Sunday.

10 a.m .: Police in Canada say they have handled more complaints about loud and fast vehicles and have issued more tickets for speeding on city streets and provincial highways since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“Some Edmonton drivers seem to feel that lower traffic volume is the reason for speeding up,” Sergeant. Kerry Bates, from the Edmonton police traffic section, said earlier this spring. In particular, he said, there is a more extreme speed.

Bates said officers issued more than a dozen tickets for drivers that exceeded the speed limit posted 40 kilometers per hour or more in a two-week period.

The two drivers drove 100 km / hour and 110 km / hour when they passed a police vehicle with the emergency lights activated – a situation where the driver was required to slow down to 60 km / hour. The third driver sped through the construction zone 50 km / h at 119 km / h.

In southern Alberta, the RCMP Cochrane stopped two drivers at 199 km / h in the 110 km / h zone. The two drivers, two men in their 20s, were accused of speeding.

Officers in Saskatchewan have charged the driver and confiscated their vehicle due to excessive speeding.

Manitoba RCMP has reported lower traffic volumes, but higher speeds.

Several police departments began cracking down on traffic violations last month.

Alberta Mounties, which often enforces long weekends, focuses on speed, driving disruptions and disturbances in May. They said officers issued 1,700 speedy tickets and 50 disturbed driving tickets in the province in one week.

In Ontario, York Regional Police charged 30 drivers and confiscated their vehicles on a long weekend in May after they were caught driving more than 50 km / h above the speed limit.

Peel Regional Police has started an education and law enforcement program after seeing improvements in road racing.

7:29 AM: India on Saturday set a record jump of 7,964 single cases in one day and 265 deaths, the day before the two-month lockout was scheduled to end.

The Ministry of Health recorded a total number of confirmed cases of 173,763 with 4,971 deaths. The infection included 82,369 people who had recovered.

More than 70 percent of cases are concentrated in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an open letter marking the first year of his administration’s second term, said India was on the path to victory in the battle against the virus. He said India would give “an example in an economic revival” and called on the country to show “strong determination.”

6:33 AM: President Donald Trump’s announcement that he cut U.S. funds for the World Health Organization sparked criticism on Saturday, because spikes in infection rates in India and elsewhere are a reminder that the global pandemic is far from being controlled.

Trump on Friday charged that WHO was not responding adequately to the pandemic, accusing the UN body of being under “total control” of China.

The WHO will not comment on the announcement but South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize called it a “non-favorable” turn of events.

“Of course, when faced with a serious pandemic, you want all countries in the world to be very focused … on one common enemy,” he told reporters.

The US is the largest source of financial support for WHO, and its exit is expected to significantly weaken the organization. Trump said the US would “direct” the money to “other countries around the world and deserve urgent global public health needs,” without giving details.

6:15 AM: Zohra Shahbuddin said he was happy when he received an acceptance letter in April from his chosen university in Canada.

He had been accepted to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver for a master’s degree in publishing but was experiencing alarming nights without sleep because of COVID-19.

Like other international students, Shahbuddin faced uncertainty when the university switched to online classes. He also has financial problems, worries about work permits and has concerns about his health.

He is considering whether to register this fall or delay coming to Canada from Pakistan until next year.

International students contribute $ 21.6 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product and support nearly 170,000 jobs by 2018, said Nancy Caron, a spokesman for Immigration, Refugees and Canadian Citizenship.

Caron said in a statement the government accommodated students who completed their studies outside Canada between September and 31 December by not reducing that time from the length of their post-graduation work permit.

International students will also be allowed to work more than a maximum of 20 hours per week while class is taking place, provided they work in important services, such as “health care, critical infrastructure, or supply of food or other important items,” he said.

Shahbuddin said he would make a decision in June. If he gets his visa processed, he says he’s fine with online classes as long as it doesn’t affect his work permit.

6 am: The mayor of a small town in eastern Quebec, just across the river from New Brunswick, said residents exhaled in relief.

Pascal Bujold said people in Pointe-à-la-Croix had expressed concern that the COVID-19 outbreak near Campbellton, N.B., could spread to their communities.

Bujold said he pushed to open a COVID-19 testing unit in his community, due to concerns that residents might have been in contact with a New Brunswick health care professional who tested positive for the new corona virus.

New Brunswick officials said this week that health care workers traveled to Quebec and returned to work without self-exile, making contact with more than 100 people.

Eight cases have now been linked to a growing cluster that on Friday has caused delays in the provincial legislature and setbacks for reopening measures in the Campbellton area.

On Friday, the local health authority announced it would open a COVID-19 testing unit in the parking area of ​​a local clinic in Pointe-à-la-Croix, which holds about 1,500 residents.

Friday, 9:51 p.m. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday announced the deaths of the first two UN peacekeepers from COVID-19.

He made the announcement at a ceremony marking the International Day for UN Peacekeeping Forces, saying the two peacekeepers, who died Thursday and Friday, were on duty in Mali. The United Nations says one is from Cambodia and the other is from El Salvador.

Guterres said the coronavirus pandemic has changed almost everything, but not the “service, sacrifice and selfishness” of more than 95,000 men and women serving in 13 UN peacekeeping missions around the world.

According to the UN peacekeeping department, there were 137 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in peacekeeping operations, with the largest number so far – 90 cases – in Mali.

There were 21 cases in the UN mission in Congo, 17 in the Central African Republic, three each in South Sudan and Cyprus, and each in Lebanon, a UN-African Union mission in the Darfur region, Sudan, and the UN Ceasefire Monitoring Organization. in the Middle East.

5 pm Ontario’s regional health unit reports 380 new COVID-19 infections, according to the latest Star count.

Ontario’s regional health unit reported a total of 28,891 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,297 deaths.

A total of 380 confirmed and possibly new cases have been reported since the same time Thursday night slightly from the previous day, but still below the series of days last week that saw more than 400 new cases reported.

Recent case growth has not been felt evenly in the province. Daily counts of new cases have fallen outside the GTA for the past two weeks. Meanwhile, figures in the region have recovered after falling some of the peak levels seen last month.

Read more about Friday’s coverage.

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