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- WestJet slashing most flights to Eastern Canada, laying off 100 employees
- France imposes night curfews to rein in social gatherings as European countries battle surge in COVID-19 cases
- White House embraces declaration by group of scientists that relies on ‘herd immunity,’ but other experts aren’t convinced
In Canada, there have been at least 189,385 cases reported. In the last week 15,326 new cases were announced, 10 per cent more than the previous week.
There have also been at least 159,351 recoveries and 9,663 deaths. Today, seven deaths were reported, compared to 19 yesterday.
Worldwide, there have been at least 38,129,806 cases confirmed and 1,086,141 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
- Ontario reported 721 new cases, with a majority in Toronto and the regions of Peel and York. Most cases were in people under 60. Elsewhere, officials from Six Nations of the Grand River in Southwestern Ontario said their community is “in crisis” after reporting 14 active and 33 probable cases. And, a spin studio in Hamilton has been linked to 69 cases.
- In Manitoba, Indigenous leaders said they are concerned about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in First Nations populations.
In Ottawa, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo said collecting data on race and ethnicity for health purposes can help address some of the inequalities that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed.
- Having more granular data during the second wave helps enable more targeted approaches in different areas of the country, added Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam.
- Dr. Tam acknowledged the challenge of pandemic fatigue, and said there is a need for balance between low coronavirus transmission and minimizing the social and economic effects of the pandemic.
Yesterday in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put significant blame on cuts under Stephen Harper’s government for the current problems facing the Public Health Agency of Canada.
COVID-19 and loneliness: A new report on the mental health of Canadian workers shows months of isolation is taking a toll.
Coronavirus around the world
- France announced night curfews for four weeks from Saturday for Paris and other major cities as cases climbed rapidly there and throughout Europe. President Emmanuel Macron said the measures are meant to rein in large social gatherings.
- Russia announced it had approved a second vaccine, as the country recorded a record daily increase in cases and switched to online classes for secondary school in the capital. Neither vaccine is in regular circulation. Russia has given official approval to its vaccines without waiting for the results of large-scale trials.
- The Spanish National Toxicological and Forensic Institute said the number of children treated in the country for poisoning after ingesting hand-sanitizing gels has rocketed during the pandemic.
- The U.S. government has embraced a declaration by a group of scientists arguing that authorities should allow the coronavirus to spread among young healthy people while protecting the elderly and the vulnerable – an approach that would rely on arriving at “herd immunity” through infections rather than a vaccine. Many experts say herd immunity is still very far off.
- A Japanese supercomputer showed that humidity can have a large effect on the dispersion of virus particles, pointing to heightened coronavirus contagion risks in dry, indoor conditions during the winter months.
Coronavirus and business
WestJet says it will suspend most flights to Atlantic Canada and Quebec City starting Nov. 2, as the pandemic and travel restrictions make it “increasingly unviable to serve these markets.”
- The Calgary-based airliner said it will cut 100 jobs as it slashes more than 100 weekly flights, or 80 per cent of seat capacity, to Atlantic Canada.
- Air Canada is now the only major airliner to serve Atlantic Canada.
Also today: The Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada says the effect of COVID-19 on how people shop means central banks must speed up work on creating their own digital currencies.
And: Financial leaders from the G20 say in order to support the global economic recovery, COVID-19 cases must be brought under control. [For subscribers]
Erminia (Ernie) Johannson: “We ... see, time and time again, that common challenges for all small businesses hit women-led businesses particularly hard. The burden of child and elder care is a case in point, one which is magnified by the pandemic and driving too many women to put their professional lives on hold.”
Rob Carrick: “The changes people are making in where they live in the pandemic are driven mostly by emotional factors, which makes a lot of sense because the pandemic’s main impact on a lot of us has been psychological. We’re stressed, angry – having our own space seems an antidote. Don’t jump into life farther afield before pricing it out.”
- Parents, we want to hear from you: A month into back to school under COVID-19, what concerns do you have?
- Eli Lilly continues other COVID-19 antibody drug trials after one halted for safety concerns
- National Football League won’t move to bubble, will start testing for COVID-19 on game days
- Canadians appear divided over mandatory COVID-19 vaccines and priority inoculations, according to a new poll
- The trial for Toronto van attack suspect may be held by video conference because of the pandemic
- Skate Canada International in Ottawa cancelled as COVID-19 cases increase
- YouTube says it will remove videos containing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines
- 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.