National Newswatch

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

Queen to address Commonwealth amid coronavirus pandemic

Apr 5 2020 — — The Queen will present a rare broadcast to the Commonwealth on Sunday as coronavirus cases surge past 1.2 million globally. Buckingham Palace confirmed the address on Friday through its social media accounts, adding that viewers can tune in on television, radio or online at 3 p.m. EDT. Tune in to watch the Queen’s public address […]

Tam says there are situations where wearing a homemade mask outside is ‘a good idea’

Apr 4 2020 — — In the wake of the U.S. Centre for Disease Control recommending that all Americans start wearing homemade cloth face masks outside due to COVID-19, many Canadian doctors and officials are saying cloth masks are recommended in certain situations, though Canada’s top doctor has stopped short of officially calling for facial coverings. Chief public health officer […]

Ontario confirms 27 more COVID-19 deaths, provincial case total climbs to 3,630

Apr 4 2020 — — Ontario public health has confirmed 27 more deaths related to COVID-19, as 375 new cases of the virus were announced by the province on Saturday morning. There are currently 3,630 confirmed cases in Ontario, including 1,219 patients who have recovered, up 196 from the 1,023 recovered patients reported on Friday. According to the province, at […]

3M says Trump halting mask exports to Canada has ‘significant humanitarian implications’

Apr 3 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Manufacturing giant 3M says the White House has requested it cease exports of U.S.-made N95 face masks to Canada. “The Administration also requested that 3M cease exporting respirators that we currently manufacture in the United States to the Canadian and Latin American markets. There are, however, significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to healthcare […]

Feds continue to seek masks, other PPE after admitting stockpile ‘likely’ not enough

Apr 2 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — As the government admits it “likely did not have enough” personal protective equipment like masks stockpiled ahead of this pandemic, it has pushed forward with aggressively procuring more. Given that China manufactures the lion’s share of the world’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), its decision to close factories amid the COVID-19 outbreak created a […]

Trust now, but verify later, the claims for emergency government funding

Apr 2 2020 — Don Martin — Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s finest moment came when he publicly name-shamed an upscale grocery store charging $30 for Lysol wipes normally retailing for a fifth of that amount. That was a catalyst to impose hefty fines on pandemic price-gougers, a campaign which instantly boosted his popularity and cost the abruptly-apologetic grocer every last shred of […]

Canada’s COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000

Apr 2 2020 — Sarah Turnbull — Canada’s COVID-19 count has now surpassed 10,000 confirmed cases across the country, with the largest cluster reported in Quebec. Early Thursday morning, the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Canada was still in the 9,000 range before Ontario health authorities released their most recent tally, boosting the overall count to 10,132. There are 127 reported […]

Is an ‘echo pandemic’ of mental illness coming after COVID-19?

Apr 2 2020 — — The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 ravages the lungs in some who get infected, but it is certainly wreaking havoc with the mental health of virtually everyone, whether it touches them or not. Whether you are on the front-lines in a hospital, nursing home or grocery store, or standing on the sidelines – doing your part […]