National Newswatch

Ontario cities ban health-care workers from crossing borders to work

Apr 6 2020 — — A massive surge in COVID-19 cases in Michigan is prompting Ontario border cities to confront difficult questions about how to reduce the spread of disease in hundreds of Canadian health-care professionals who work in the United States. Michigan had more than 15,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, surpassing the total number of cases […]

Canadians not allowed off Coral Princess cruise ship due to new CDC guidelines

Apr 5 2020 — — Canadians remained aboard the COVID-19-stricken Coral Princess cruise ship on Sunday, a full day after some passengers were allowed on dry land. New guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control saying cruise passengers shouldn’t board commercial planes have limited who is allowed off the ship, Princess Cruises said in a statement, adding that only […]

Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus: U.S. officials

Apr 5 2020 — — A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday. The 4-year-old Malayan tiger, and six other tigers and lions that have also fallen ill, […]

Canada to recruit volunteers, offer jobs to reservists amid COVID-19: Trudeau

Apr 5 2020 — — Canada has put a call out for volunteers to support frontline healthcare workers and is offering full-time jobs to Canadian Forces reservists, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during an update to the country’s coronavirus response on Sunday. “For those of you with specialized skills looking to help our frontline workers, we do want to hear […]

Trudeau says talks preferable to retaliation in supplies dispute with U.S.

Apr 5 2020 — Bill Curry — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is working with U.S. officials to resolve issues over cross-border shipments of medical supplies, but signalled a preference for avoiding retaliatory measures. During his daily news conference in Ottawa, Mr. Trudeau was asked Sunday whether he would consider banning nurses and doctors who live in Canada, but work […]

Ontario confirms 25 more COVID-19 deaths, adds 408 new cases

Apr 5 2020 — — Ontario public health officials confirmed 25 more COVID-19 deaths and reported 408 new cases of the virus on Sunday morning. There are currently 4,038 cases in the province, including a total of 119 deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus. Of those 4,038, more than 1,449 patients have recovered, up 230 from Saturday’s report

Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador takes aim at Trump over medical supplies

Apr 5 2020 — — The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador says he’s furious with U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting the country could ban exports of medical supplies to Canada. Dwight Ball told a news conference today that the province gained international acclaim for the way its residents helped thousands of stranded airline passengers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks […]

Queen addresses Commonwealth amid coronavirus pandemic

Apr 5 2020 — — The Queen cited the ‘self-discipline’ of U.K. citizens on Sunday in a rare broadcast as coronavirus cases surge past 1.2 million globally. “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” the monarch says in the pre-recorded segment, according to excerpts released ahead […]

Canada looking to disinfect used masks, Tam asks they not be thrown away

Apr 5 2020 — — Canadian hospitals should not throw out used face masks and other protective equipment because public health officials are investigating whether it will be possible to disinfect and reuse them, Canada’s public health chief said Sunday. In her daily briefing to Canadians, Dr. Theresa Tam also said chief medical officers are working on recommendations to the […]