Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Prime Minister Trudeau says vaccine distribution poses logistical challenges
- Premier Ford says Peel can reopen indoor dining despite the wishes of region’s top doctor
- Canada’s labour market recovered 83,600 jobs in October
In Canada, there have been at least 253,807 cases reported. In the last week 21,808 new cases were announced, 8 per cent more than the previous week. There have also been at least 210,196 recoveries and 10,425 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 10,857,349 tests.
Worldwide, there have been at least 48,680,103 cases confirmed and 1,233,313 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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Coronavirus in Canada
- Premier Brian Pallister says Manitoba will not impose a COVID-19 curfew, instead the government will allocate $2.5-million to increase enforcement of existing restrictions, and create a new awareness campaign. The province announced 427 new cases, and four deaths today.
- Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Peel region’s restaurants will be able to resume limited indoor dining despite calls from the area’s top public health official to maintain current restrictions.
- In Quebec, the number of new COVID-19 cases topped 1,000 for the third straight day, but the province doesn’t expect hospitals will be overwhelmed over the next four weeks.
- The chief public health officer of Nunavut confirmed the territory’s first case of COVID-19 in Sanikiluaq, a community of about 850.
In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine will pose a significant logistical and distribution challenge.
- The Prime Minister said he hopes a vaccine will be available for all Canadians in the spring, but that some of the initial doses will require special handling – like being stored in ‐80 degrees Celsius freezers – which could complicate distribution efforts.
- Earlier this week, an advisory committee outlined four key groups that should be prioritized vaccine.
Also in Ottawa, the budget watchdog says the pandemic has worsened concerns about provincial debt. The provinces will need to raise taxes or cut spending by a combined $12-billion a year in order to avoid a growing debt load, Yves Giroux said in a new report.
Winter’s MVP: Hundreds, if not thousands, of Canadians have started DIY backyard ice rinks as the pandemic threatens the possibility of an indoor hockey season.
Coronavirus around the world
- In Italy, three northern and one southern region have returned to a lockdown, with non-essential businesses closed for the next 15 days. The restrictions come the day after the country reported an all-time high for single-day new cases.
- The pandemic has caused disruptions to measles and polio immunization campaigns around the world, putting millions of children at risk from deadly and debilitating diseases, the United Nations said.
Coronavirus and business
Canadian job creation slowed in October, with fewer jobs added than in the preceding months.
- The labour market added 83,600 positions last month – higher than the 75,000 jobs economists forecast. In September, 378,000 jobs were added; in August, 246,000 positions were added.
- The unemployment rate fell to 8.9 per cent from September’s 9 per cent, Statistics Canada said. Canada has regained nearly 80 per cent of three million positions that were lost in March and April.
- The Globe editorial board: Are Ontario’s new business reopening rules a blueprint for disaster?
- Marriott posts surprise profit, aided by cost cuts and improved bookings
- U.S. small caps join market rally but pandemic could derail them
- Universities, student researchers team up to fight COVID-19
- University looks different this year, but that’s not all bad
- From anthropology to visual arts, COVID-19 is now part of the university curriculum
- How universities are supporting student well-being during a difficult year
- Rob Carrick’s 10-point checklist of things you should have done by now to protect or improve your money situation. Tips for minimizing damage to your credit score; how to manage retirement anxiety during difficult times; and things to think about if you’re considering home delivery.
- Here are the expectations for self-isolation; tips for managing anxiety and protecting your mental health; and what to do if you think you have the virus. Wash your hands. How to break a bad habit (like touching your face). Is flying safe?
- The best foods to eat to maintain an immune system-friendly diet; and how to keep a healthy diet while working from home; four eating tips when working from home; and five mistakes that might cause you to gain unwanted weight. Here are the essentials to stock up on and how to shop safely for groceries; the best pantry staples and how to stop stress-eating. What to cook with rhubarb (aside from pie).
- Here’s what you should do if you are newly laid off; how to apply for CERB, EI, and other financial benefits; how the CRA might identify CERB fraud; and other coronavirus and employment questions answered. What to do if your employees don’t return to work because they want to collect CERB.
Sources: Canada data are compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins.