Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Poll of more than 1,000 Canadians finds 70 per cent would support, or somewhat support, returning to lockdown in the event of a second wave
- Four hard-learned lessons from the pandemic critical to handling a resurgence in Canada
- U.S. nears five million coronavirus cases, the highest in the world
In Canada, there have been at least 117,306 cases reported. In the last week 2,312 new cases were announced, 30 per cent fewer than the previous week. There have also been at least 101,839 recoveries and 8,953 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 4,448,657 tests.
Worldwide, there have been at least 18,282,208 cases confirmed and 693,694 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.
Coronavirus explainers: Updates and essential resources • Coronavirus in maps and charts • Lockdown rules and reopening plans in each province
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7 in 10
More than seven in 10 Canadians support closing all but essential businesses and asking exposed Canadians to self-isolate if coronavirus cases spike again, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail by Nanos Research.
- 50 per cent said they would support shutdown measures, while 23 per cent said they would somewhat support it.
- 13 per cent said they opposed shutdown measures, and another 12 per cent somewhat opposed it.
Pollster Nik Nanos said he thinks widespread Canadian support for a return to lockdown, if necessary, is also driven by the escalating crisis in the United States, where efforts to contain the virus have failed.
Coronavirus in Canada
- When students return to school in Alberta, face masks will be required for students between grades 4 to 12 and all staff in common areas.
- The construction industry in Ontario says its members won’t use the COVID Alert app since it requires smartphones, which are prohibited on job sites. Instead, the industry advocated for a wearable option.
- The app only only works on smartphones released in the past five years, which critics say will leave out poorer and older Canadians who are unlikely to have newer devices.
- In response, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said the app is only one of many tools used to combat coronavirus.
Migrant workers: Agriculture employers in several provinces are restricting the movement of migrant farm workers during the pandemic, raising questions about the rights of temporary foreign workers.
Lessons from the first wave: In the past seven months, Canada has learned many hard lessons about COVID-19. These four lessons, if applied in a second wave, could keep cases under control as students return to school and winter looms.
- Masks work. If everyone wears them, they should contribute to controlling a second wave
- Testing, tracing and isolating works, but only if deployed quickly and only when community transmission is low
- Preserve critical-care capacity in hospitals but don’t shut down all scheduled operations again – because you can’t
- To protect nursing homes, cut down on crowding
Coronavirus around the world
- Watch: U.S. President Donald Trump argued in an Axios interview that the U.S. has better coronavirus death numbers than other countries if counted as a percentage of cases, not the total population. The country is approaching five million cases and has racked up more than 155,000 deaths.
- Philippine police enforced a strict new lockdown on about 28 million people in the capital Manila and nearby provinces as the Southeast Asian country reported the region’s biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases.
- Vietnam reported dozens of new cases and two deaths related to a continuing outbreak, as Hanoi said the country lacked testing kits needed to continue mass screening for cases.
- Germany has continued to experience a steady uptick of cases in recent weeks, and health officials urged people to continue physical distancing rules as the country is already experiencing a second wave of the virus.
Coronavirus and business
Porter Airlines delayed its restart for the third time, pushing its reopening date to Oct. 7, from Aug. 31.
- The airline grounded its planes on March 31 and laid off most of its 1,500-person work force.
- Porter cited travel restrictions, a closed Canada-U.S. border and quarantine rules as reasons for the delay.
Also today: Manufacturing in the United States accelerated to its highest level in nearly 18 months in July. However, a resurgence in U.S. coronavirus cases raises fears about how long a recovery will last.
And: A growing number of younger Canadians are buying life insurance coverage online as the novel coronavirus pandemic spurs worries about economic uncertainty and puts a spotlight on potential health risks.
Rob Carrick: How the COVID-19 pandemic may sabotage retirement for boomers and Gen X [For subscribers]
- Arthur Schafer: “That [Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau] deny what is patently obvious to most Canadians indicates that neither understands what it is to be in a conflict of interest.”
- Grocery shelves won’t be fully stocked with Clorox’s disinfecting wipes until 2021
- Chipotle is among several fast food brands set for new wave of hiring as sales rebound [For subscribers]
- Oil prices rise more than 1 per cent on hopes for economic recovery, but coronavirus fears weigh [For subscribers]
- How one B.C. venue is bringing back concerts
- The Madrid Open tennis tournament is cancelled due to COVID-19
- Rafael Nadal won’t defend his U.S. Open title because of coronavirus concerns
- First-year Toronto Argonauts head coach Ryan Dinwiddie is dealing with pandemic uncertainty
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