Mayor Tory promises stricter enforcement after crowds pack Trinity Bellwoods Park; city records more than 400 nouveaux boîtiers COVID-19; Raptors might play again in late July

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    The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday (this file will be updated throughout the day). Web links to longer stories if available.

    8:21 p.m.: Un jour après que le maire et le médecin-hygiéniste de Toronto ont souligné la nécessité de maintenir la distanciation sociale, des centaines de personnes ont été vues bronzer et se détendre à proximité du parc Trinity Bellwoods.

    Une vidéo de la foule a circulé sur les réseaux sociaux et a provoqué un tollé général. Le maire John Tory a déclaré au Star samedi soir qu'il y aurait une plus forte présence d'officiers municipaux dans le parc dimanche. Tory a ajouté qu'il avait visité plusieurs parcs un samedi ensoleillé et que Trinity Bellwoods était l'exception en ce qui concerne le respect des réglementations en matière de distanciation sociale..

    Le rassemblement est intervenu un jour après une conférence de presse au cours de laquelle Eileen de Villa a déclaré que les visites à l'occasion de la fête des mères pourraient être liées à l'augmentation récente des cas de COVID-19.

    7:37 p.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. en mai 23, 2020:

    6:30 p.m.: Les bureaux de santé régionaux de l’Ontario déclarent leur cinquième jour consécutif avec plus de 400 nouveaux cas de COVID-19 alors que le taux moyen de nouvelles infections par jour continue d'augmenter, selon le dernier décompte de l'étoile.

    Au 5 p.m. samedi, les unités de santé avaient signalé un total de 26,733 cas confirmés et probables, comprenant 2,140 décès.

    The total of 473 new confirmed and probable cases reported since the same time Friday was once again up from recent daily averages, a sign a province-wide decline in infection rate has reversed in recent days.

    The number of new cases reported each day had been on a downward trend since hitting a peak of more than 700 in late April and had flattened out to about 360 cases per day last week. Mais, après 10 straight days with fewer than 400 cases reported, that average has rebounded to about 440 per days since Monday.

    The recent increase has not been felt equally across the province. The daily count of new cases has been relatively flat outside of Toronto over the last two weeks. pendant ce temps, numbers spiked in the city this week to among the highest levels of new case reports seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

    Toronto on Saturday once again reported more than 200 cases in a day, à 220 new infections and seven more fatal cases; le 207 cases reported per day on average over the last seven days in the city is lower only than a brief single-day spike in mid-April, when the epidemic was peaking in the province.

    On Saturday the province once again reported another day in which testing labs completed far fewer COVID-19 tests than the target of 16,000 du quotidien. le 11,028 tests completed the previous day was the sixth straight well below the target. The province says the labs have the capacity to complete about 20,000 tests daily; last week they completed as many as 18,354 in a day.

    Autrefois, spikes in case counts have followed days with high testing rates, and vice versa for days of low testing.

    pendant ce temps, le 27 fatal cases reported in the province since Friday evening were in line with a recent falling trend. The rate of deaths is down considerably since peaking at more than 90 deaths in a day earlier this month, about two weeks after the peak in the daily case totals.

    Because many health units publish tallies to their websites before reporting to Public Health Ontario, the Star’s count is more current than the data the province puts out each morning.

    The province also reported 912 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, comprenant 147 in intensive care of whom 119 are on a ventilator — numbers that are down in recent days. The province also says more than 19,000 patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus have now recovered from the disease — about three-quarters of the total infected.

    The province says its data is accurate to 4 p.m. le jour d'avant. The province also cautions its latest count of total deaths — 2,048 — may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that in the event of a discrepancy, “data reported by (the health units) should be considered the most up to date.”

    The Star’s count includes some patients reported as “probable” COVID-19 cases, meaning they have symptoms and contacts or travel history that indicate they very likely have the disease, but have not yet received a positive lab test.

    6:15 p.m.: A movement demanding special status for asylum-seeking “guardian angels” working on the COVID-19 front lines took their cause to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s constituency office in Montreal on Saturday.

    A noisy convoy of several dozen vehicles drove past the building housing Trudeau’s Papineau riding office while others displayed banners in support of the movement, which wants the government to accelerate access to Canadian permanent residency for refugees who’re risking their lives working in the health network since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “In an extraordinary context, we can have extraordinary measures,” said Wilner Cayo, the organizer of the protest. “One of these measures is to grant these people permanent residence.”

    Cayo said several hundred orderlies and other workers in the province’s hard-hit long-term care homes find themselves in that very situation — waiting to obtain permanent residence

    5:54 p.m.: British Columbia’s top doctor says she strongly encourages the federal government to use its resources to monitor international travellers entering the province.

    Dr. Bonnie Henry says public servants from various provincial ministries have been doing that work to ensure about 18,000 people so far are following self-isolation plans after returning to B.C.

    Henry says “meticulous follow-up” is needed if and when the border between the United States and Canada is reopened to ensure anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 isn’t passing the illness on to others.

    She says discussions are expected to be held with her federal counterparts on how that could be done with help from Ottawa. Representatives for the federal government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Henry says the province is beefing up public health teams this summer to ensure testing, tracing and tracking of the illness is kept up before more cases are probable in the fall with the arrival of other respiratory illnesses.

    She announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths, amounting to a total of 157 fatalities in the province.

    3:52 p.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada (not including Ontario):

    2:42 p.m.: New York state reported its lowest number of daily coronavirus deaths — 84 — in weeks in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo described as a critical benchmark. The daily death tally peaked at 799 en avril 8.

    Réduire le nombre de décès quotidiens de l'État à moins de 100 semblait presque impossible il y a plusieurs semaines, le gouverneur a dit. That figure, considered a lagging indicator, has remained stubbornly high even amid other signs of encouragement.

    "Dans ma tête, Je cherchais toujours à avoir moins de 100 ans », a déclaré Cuomo. "Pour moi, c'est un signe que nous faisons de réels progrès. "

    Cuomo announced that the Mid-Hudson region — the area along the Hudson River north of New York City and south of Albany — is set to begin reopening on Tuesday, and Long Island could follow suit Wednesday.

    1:30 p.m.: The NBA said Saturday it’s eyeing a late-July return to play near Orlando, Floride, while keeping in mind health concerns and government restrictions.

    “Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place,” a statement from league spokesman Mike Bass said.

    The league and players association are engaged in “exploratory” talks with the vast Disney-ESPN complex for a late-July restart to the season that was suspended March 11 with the first public announcement of a player testing positive for the coronavirus.

    1 p.m.: Toronto Mayor John Tory joined pedestrians and cyclists enjoying extra space on city streets Saturday afternoon as part of the ActiveTO program.

    Tory said the initiative is being monitored and is intended to help residents maintain their mental and physical health during the pandemic. “We are taking it week by week … so far it seems to be a great success,” Tory said.

    The ActiveTO program restricts vehicle access on parts of some major roads to create more space for walking, running and biking this Saturday and Sunday. The closures began at 6 un m. Saturday and end at 11 p.m. dimanche.

    11:35 un m.: Ontario’s regional health units are reporting another 24-hour period with more than 400 new COVID-19 cases as the rate of new infections has continued to rise in recent days, selon le dernier décompte de l'étoile.

    Au 11 un m. samedi, les unités de santé avaient signalé un total de 26,301 cas confirmés et probables, comprenant 2,114 décès.

    The total of 475 new confirmed and probable cases reported since the same time Friday morning was once again up from recent daily averages, a sign the provincewide decline in infection rate has reversed in recent days.

    pendant ce temps, the recent increase in cases is now primarily coming from infections in the broader community outside outbreaks in places such as seniors homes, according to a Star analysis based on data from Ontario’s hardest-hit health units. Mi-avril, at the peak of infections in the province, most new case appeared in institutional outbreaks; since then, the rate of outbreak cases have fallen, and now about 70 per cent of new infections are coming in the broader community.

    Samedi matin, the province released its version of the same data, which showed the same trends.

    The province once again reported another day in which testing labs completed far fewer COVID-19 tests than the target of 16,000 du quotidien. le 11,028 tests completed the previous day was the sixth straight well below the target. The province says the labs have the capacity to complete about 20,000 tests daily; last week they completed as many as 18,354 in a day.

    Autrefois, spikes in case counts have followed days with high testing rates, and vice versa for days of low testing.

    The number of new cases reported each day had been on a downward trend since hitting a peak of more than 700 in late April. toutefois, the average has begun to rise slightly after flattening out to about 360 cases per day last week; before this week, the province last saw more than 400 cases on May 8.

    pendant ce temps, le 24 fatal cases reported in the province since Friday morning was back in line with the recent falling trend. The rate of deaths is down considerably since peaking at more than 90 deaths in a day earlier this month, about two weeks after the peak in the daily case totals.

    Because many health units publish tallies to their websites before reporting to Public Health Ontario, the Star’s count is more current than the data the province puts out each morning.

    The province also reported 912 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, comprenant 147 in intensive care, dont 119 are on a ventilator — numbers that are down in recent days. The province also says more than 19,000 patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus have now recovered from the disease — about three-quarters of the total infected.

    The province says its data is accurate to 4 p.m. le jour d'avant. The province also cautions its latest count of total deaths — 2,048 — may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in the reporting system, saying that in the event of a discrepancy, “data reported by (the health units) should be considered the most up to date.”

    The Star’s count includes some patients reported as “probable” COVID-19 cases, meaning they have symptoms and contacts or travel history that indicate they very likely have the disease, but have not yet received a positive lab test.

    11 un m.: Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says Spain will reopen its borders to foreign tourists in July.

    Spain’s tourism sector has been grounded since the government declared a state of emergency to fight the pandemic in March, halting international travel and shuttering hotels.

    Spain receives more than 80 million visitors each year. The tourism industry represents 12 per cent of Spain’s GDP and employs 2.6 millions de personnes.

    There have been more than 28,000 confirmed deaths in Spain from the virus, the fourth highest total behind the United States, Britain and Italy.

    9:30 un m.: New coronavirus cases reported in China fell to zero on Saturday for the first time, but surged in India and overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. The virus hit a reopened church in Germany and probably a restaurant, aussi.

    The pandemic’s persistence stymied authorities struggling to keep people safe and revive their economies at the same time, disrupting Memorial Day weekend in the United States and collective celebrations around the Muslim world marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

    8:30 un m.: New infections from outbreaks in seniors homes and other institutional settings are down sharply since spiking in mid-April.

    But the number of new cases caught each day everywhere else remains high — near the highest levels the province has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

    A Star analysis has found that far more people in Ontario are catching COVID-19 in community settings than was previously known.

    11:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has labelled churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.

    The president threatened Friday to “override” governors who defy him, but it was unclear what authority he has to do so.

    5 p.m. Ontario’s regional health units are reporting their fourth consecutive day with more than 400 new COVID-19 cases as the rate of new infections has continued to rise in recent days, selon le dernier décompte de l'étoile.

    The total of 492 new confirmed and probable cases reported since the same time Thursday was once again up from recent daily averages, a sign the province-wide decline in the infection rate has reversed in recent days.

    The recent increase in cases has not been felt equally across the province. The daily rate of new COVID-19 has been largely flat in the GTA, outside of Toronto, this month, avec environ 125 new cases reported per day on average. également, the rate of new infections has flattened out in rest of the province, outside the GTA, with an average of about 80 new cases reported per day since May 10.

    New cases have spiked this week in Toronto; the city is seeing among the highest levels of new case reports since the beginning of the pandemic.

    le 194 cases reported per day on average over the last seven days in Toronto is only lower than the number the city saw for a short period in mid-April, when the epidemic was peaking in the province.

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