New cases of COVID19 in Ontario outpaced the number of new resolved cases yesterday. That’s the first time that has happened in recent days. There were 178 new cases of the illness reported on Sunday, compared with 175 new resolved ones. The province is now at 34,654 total cases, which includes 30,107 considered resolved and 2,658 deaths. Six of those deaths were reported yesterday.
With 28,633 tests processed yesterday, Ontario remains the leader in daily #COVID19 testing. In fact, we’ve now surpassed Alberta in cumulative tests per capita and lead every other province. Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and vented patients all continue to decline.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) June 28, 2020
The world has marked two grave COVID19 milestones. There are now 500,000 confirmed deaths and 10-million confirmed cases globally. In addition, there was another high for daily new infections as the world saw another 189,,000 new cases. This comes as governments that attempted reopenings backtrack on the lifting of restrictions. The United States confirms more than 2.5-million infections, the most in the world. Canada’s confirmed and presumptive COVID19 case count is 103,250. The virus has claimed 8,522 lives nationally.
Some in PEI Don’t Want Visitors:
Prince Edward Island’s premier says he suspects COVID19 fears are driving a spike in the less-than-polite welcome that some visitors to the province have received. Dennis King adds that he believes the anti-outsider sentiment is not widespread. Since PEI reopened to visitors on June 1st, a number of people whose vehicles have out-of-province license plates have found profane letters left on their windshields and, in some cases, even damage to their vehicles. Locals have dubbed the targeted behaviour as “plate shaming.”
The tide appears to have turned in Atlantic Canada’s fight against COVID19. All four provinces are reporting no new cases to start the week. In Nova Scotia, two people remain in hospital, but their COVID19 infections are considered resolved. And in New Brunswick, two people are also still in hospital, including one in intensive care. Officials are urging people to continue to practice proper infection prevention and control practices.
Strip Club Possible Exposure:
Patrons of a Vancouver strip club are being urged to monitor themselves for 14 days after possibly being exposed to COVID19. Vancouver Coastal Health says there have been a number of positive cases involving people who visited Brandi’s Exotic Show Lounge between June 21st and the 24th between the hours of 9pm and 3am. The agency says there is no need to self-isolate if people remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, adding there was no risk to anyone attending the club outside those dates and times.
Airlines – Temperature Checks:
United Airlines is now requiring flight attendants to carry a personal thermometer for self-assessment health checks as the coronavirus health crisis continues. “The thermometer is part of our self-assessment requirements in our continued efforts to help ensure a safe travel experience for our customers and employees,” a spokesperson for United told Fox News of the new mandatory uniform item. The carrier also recently tweeted that employees are required to receive temperature checks before starting their work day, aided by the use of infrared camera technology.
California Closes Bars Again:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all bars to close immediately in seven counties across the state – including Los Angeles – citing a rapid spread of coronavirus in the last few weeks. Newsom’s decision to roll-back reopening efforts, which began just under a month ago, comes two days after Republican governors in Texas and Florida ordered similar closures in an attempt to stem a surge in COVID-19 cases. The decision was announced by the governor’s state public health director, Dr. Sonia Angell yesterday, just two weeks after bars were permitted to reopen in California on June 12.
Research Involving Alpacas:
Tiny antibodies found in alpacas could help suppress a second wave of coronavirus and allow countries to safely lift lockdown. Scientists in Sweden and South Africa have used nanobodies from an animal immunized against the virus to prevent it from binding or infecting a human being. The small antibody targets the spikes of the virus which in turn interferes with its ability to infect its host.
Waterloo Region / Guelph Numbers:
Heading into this week, Waterloo Region has 1,280 positive cases but only 96 of those are active at the moment because 1,069 are now resolved. In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph there are only 59 active cases with only 2 currently hospitalized. The numbers from this past weekend will be released at 10:30am.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
Photo Credit: Government of Ontario