The CORONAVIRUS REPORT for Thursday, May 21, 2020

Wear a mask when you venture out

Federal and provincial health officials are now officially recommending you wear non-surgical face masks when you go out, in instances when it’s difficult to maintain social distancing.

That would include trips to the grocery store or taking public transit.

The mask won’t prevent you from picking up the coronavirus but it will reduce the threat that you may be spreading it, even if you haven’t shown any symptoms.

The recommendation comes as provinces ramp up efforts to reopen their economies, allowing more contacts between people in the community.

Public health officials add that physical distancing, proper hand-washing, and staying home if you feel sick are still important measures to halt the spread of COVID-19.


Landlords get some relief

Applications will be accepted starting Monday for the federal government’s new Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program.

The fund will see the federal and provincial governments paying half the rent for small businesses that are in trouble.

The small business will be responsible for 25 per cent, while commercial landlords will absorb the remaining 25 per cent.

Earlier this week, Premier Doug Ford warned property owners to work with struggling business client or his government may take action to prevent commercial evictions.


The numbers in Ontario

Ontario reported 390 new cases of the coronavirus yesterday, a 1.7 per cent increase over Tuesday’s level.

That brings the total so far to 24-thousand, 774.

More than 76 per cent of those cases are now considered resolved.

Another 43 deaths were also recorded, increasing the provincial toll to 19-hundred and 62.

There were just 74-hundred test results announced yesterday, far below the target of 16-thousand set by provincial health officials.

Premier Doug Ford admits the numbers have been lower than what he’d like to see.

But he adds there is a plan in the works to greatly increase the number of people being tested.


The numbers around the globe

The world passed another COVID-19 landmark today, with the number of diagnoses reaching five-million across the globe.

Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the U-S shows 1.9-million of those people have recovered, with the death toll has topped 328-thousand.

The World Health Organization reported 106-thousand new cases yesterday, the largest single-day increase yet.

The United States continues to lead the way, with almost one-third of the world’s cases of coronavirus, and more than one-quarter of the deaths.

All 50 states have now announced at least some measures to reopen.

The head of the World Health Organization started his daily update today saying, “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic.”

Dr. Tedros Adhanom says in the last 24 hours, 106,000 cases worldwide were reported to the WHO. He says this marks the highest spike in a single day since the outbreak began.

Almost two-thirds of these cases were reported in just four countries, with the COVID-19 hotspots now centralized in the U.S, Brazil, Russia, and the U.K.

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