Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- PBO says it could cost $98-billion to provide basic income for most Canadians for six months
- Brazil’s President Jair Balsanaro has COVID-19, months after playing down the coronavirus’s severity
- WHO acknowledges evidence the virus can be inhaled and spread through lingering airborne particles; U.S. will withdraw from agency
- Andrew Scheer photographed maskless at Pearson airport lounge in Toronto
In Canada, there have been at least 106,154 cases reported. In the last week 1,950 new cases were announced, 15 per cent fewer than the previous week. There have also been at least 69,867 recoveries and 8,709 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 3,178,953 tests.
Worldwide, there have been at least 11,620,096 cases confirmed and 538,058 deaths reported.
Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.
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- 22 per cent of those surveyed are comfortable flying with no in-flight distancing and a requirement to wear masks. Airlines are required to make passengers and air crews wear masks.
- An advocacy group for air travel passengers say they have fielded numerous complaints about airlines refusing to offer refunds or accommodations after ending in-flight distancing. Last month, B.C health experts asked for evidence that selling the middle seat is safe.
- Experts have expressed concerns about the increased risk of transmission as restrictions ease and airlines introduce more flights.
Coronavirus in Canada
- Ontario reported 112 new cases and two new deaths today; 30 workers on a mushroom farm tested positive. The province will introduce new legislation to enable the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year. Masks are now mandatory in Toronto at indoor public spaces.
- The top health officer in PEI encourages – but does not mandate – public indoor masks. No new cases were reported today, and the five people reported as positive over the weekend are self-isolating.
- New Brunswick’s public safety minister reminded owners of restaurants, bars and other venues that welcome large gatherings that they are required to collect the personal information of patrons in case of an outbreak.
In Ottawa, the Parliamentary Budget Officer says it could cost $98.1-billion to provide most Canadians with a basic income for six months – a move advocates say would be an extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Both the CERB and the government’s wage subsidy program are set to expire this fall.
- The PBO estimates basic income could cost between $47.5-billion and $98.1-billion, depending on how much is clawed back from people whose other incomes increase.
- The average benefit would range between $4,500 and $4,800, the budget watchdog said.
And: Finance Minister Bill Morneau will provide a fiscal update tomorrow, July 8. The fiscal “snapshot” will be the first official estimate of this year’s federal deficit since a December report estimated it to be $28.1-billion. In June, the PBO estimated the deficit could total $256-billion.
Visa processing and coronavirus: Coronavirus forced visa offices around the world to close. As a result, the normally 12-month process for eligible Canadians and permanent residents to sponsor spouses or dependent children is dragging on, and nobody knows how much longer they will have to wait.
Coronavirus around the world
- Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, 65, said Tuesday he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The right-wing populist has played down the virus’s severity for months as the country racked up the second-worst death toll and total number of cases.
- In the U.S.: The federal government will pay vaccine maker Novavax US$1.6-billion to expedite the development of a vaccine. The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, effective next year. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would press state governors to open schools in the fall. Fifty-four hospitals in Florida reported that their intensive care units have reached full capacity.
- The WHO acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.
Coronavirus and business
- 8,701 homes were sold in Toronto in June, up 84 per cent from May, and a similar volume of sales compared with June, 2019.
- The average selling price across all types of homes in the Toronto region rose 12 per cent to $930,869, compared with June, 2019.
- Last month, Vancouver reported sales were higher than June of last year. Home sales in the province are expected to recover marginally in 2020 and 2021 after tumbling by 55 per cent between mid-March and April.
The June rebound doesn’t mean it will hold until the end of the year. Last month, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. predicted national home prices would fall between 9 per cent and 18 per cent in 2020.
Also today: The federal government’s rent relief program “should be declared an utter failure,” a small-business lobby group says. After the program was announced in April, the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance was criticized by landlords for being confusing and onerous. In late June, the government extended the program another month despite an initial intake of just 16,000.
And: Businesses are responsible to ensure customers wear a mask, and face fines – $1,000 under the Toronto bylaw – for failing to display and enforce their mask policy. But, short of calling the police, businesses lack enforcement measures.
- MLS is Back Tournament: The Vancouver Whitecaps are missing five players, and the soccer league changed its schedule as five Nashville SC players tested positive. Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg is maintaining a positive outlook while in isolation.
- In meat and poultry processing facilities in the U.S., more than 17,000 cases and nearly 100 deaths were reported in April and May, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says.
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