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Mexico’s coronavirus death toll now fourth-highest in the world

Deaths in Mexico from the coronavirus pandemic rose above 35,000 on Sunday, with the Latin American country overtaking Italy for the world’s fourth-highest death total, according to Reuters data. But leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that the pandemic was “losing intensity” in Mexico, and blamed what he called “conservative media” for causing alarm. Mexico on Sunday recorded 276 additional fatalities and 4,482 new infections to bring its coronavirus death toll to 35,006, with 299,750 confirmed cases. Italy has recorded 34,954 deaths and 243,061 cases. Mexico trails the United States, Brazil and the U.K. in total deaths. While Italy appears to have tamed the virus, the pandemic is showing few signs of easing in Mexico, where the government has faced criticism for ...

As Florida’s coronavirus cases surge, some ⁠— including ‘grim reaper’ ⁠— want masks mandated

He’s a lawyer in a northern Florida beach town but the world, staring down a global pandemic over the novel coronavirus, knows him as the Florida grim reaper.  Daniel Uhlfelder has sued the governor of Florida. He’s travelled the state dressed in a costume literally representing death ⁠— in a bid to caution people against loosening their vigilance over COVID-19. Sunday’s numbers, which saw Florida hit yet another record for the most number of cases in 24 hours, are “very upsetting,” he told Global News in an interview.  “I mean, 15,000 cases in one day is really bad,” Uhlfelder said. With a population of close to 38 million, Canada had recorded 107,570 cases as of Sunday, while the state of Florida ⁠— with nearly 21.5 million people ⁠— had seen 269,811 cases. Story continues below advertis...

Coronavirus: University of Alberta study finds growing public support for face masks

As Edmontonians continue to navigate the new normal, a local study suggests that more Canadians are embracing the use of face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While that may be true for some, others aren’t comfortable following public health guidance. “No, I don’t like wearing it at all,” said Jeff Johnson, who was making a stop at downtown Edmonton’s farmers market on Sunday. “I don’t think anybody really likes wearing the mask. I don’t but I do just because that’s the thing to do,” said Heather Moes, who was also shopping at the market. Health officials, including Alberta’s top doctor, have said masks slow the spread of COVID-19 and more places are making them mandatory. Story continues below advertisement “It’s become a symbol of your ideology around how to deal with the pandemic,” sai...

Mercier, Que., community reacts to mandatory masks following COVID-19 outbreak

The decision by officials in the Quebec town of Mercier to make masks mandatory in public places is finding reluctant support. More than 80 confirmed cases were linked to two house parties in the Montérégie region. As result, Mercier Mayor announced Saturday that masks would soon be mandatory in the town. “I think it’s a really good idea to make masks mandatory,” said Ashley Scutt, who works at the daycare right behind a McDonalds that had confirmed cases, which she said was too close for comfort. “It scared me to thinking that we could get it. Our kids could get it and it was because of one careless party,” says Scutt. Story continues below advertisement However, she questions the reasoning behind the mandatory face-covering rule, which goes into effect on Wednesday. “I find it very carel...

MEC eliminates 200 positions as pandemic drags on

Canada’s foremost outdoor retailer is making 200 frontline layoffs permanent as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on the economy. A spokesperson for Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) says it had to “transition some staff from temporary layoffs to permanent layoffs,” but didn’t specify where in Canada the cuts are coming. The company announced more than 1,300 temporary layoffs to thousands of full- and part-time store staff in March, when it closed all of its 22 stores. All but seven of those stores have since reopened. The co-op says the closures are temporary. 1:38Mountain Equipment Co-op losing money for first time Mountain Equipment Co-op losing money for first time “The declaration of a public health emergency, the various public health recommendations, federal and provincial govern...

Coronavirus: Interior Health says COVID-19 advisory and identification not criticism of resorts

Two locations were named by Interior Health on Saturday where individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19. On Saturday evening, Interior Health identified the locations as: Discovery Bay Resort, 1088 Sunset Drive, Kelowna Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge, 3591 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna Interior Health says it is investigating “a couple of house parties” following Friday’s health warning of possible coronavirus exposure. On Sunday, IHA issued a statement regarding the identification of the two resorts. “We put out the advisory for Boyce Gyro Beach Lodge and Discovery Bay because we became aware of individuals who already had COVID-19 when they attended parties at that location from July 1st to July 5,” IHA staff said in an email. Story continues below advertisement “This was not a criticism of precau...

Over 70% of Canada’s coronavirus cases have recovered as country adds 244

The number of novel coronavirus cases in Canada stands at 107,570 as of Sunday, and more than 70 per cent of those diagnosed have recovered, data shows. As of Sunday afternoon, the country diagnosed 244 new cases while 71,467 of those diagnosed with the virus have recovered. Over 3.6 million people in Canada have been tested so far and 8,780 have died. Those numbers are incomplete, however, as Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and all three territories did not provide updates. Story continues below advertisement Quebec, the province hit hardest by the novel coronavirus, recorded 114 new cases on Saturday for a provincial total of 56,521 cases. To date, 5,627 in Quebec have died from the virus while 25,862 have recovered. In Ontario, the province hit second-hardest by the virus, offic...

Coronavirus: Groups urge G20 to extend, expand debt freeze for poorer countries

The International Chamber of Commerce, a global trade union and civil society groups urged the Group of 20 major economies to extend and expand a freeze in debt service payments to help not just the poorest, but also middle-income countries, weather the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. The ICC, International Trade Union Confederation, and Global Citizen, a group pushing to end extreme poverty by 2030, also called on G20 finance ministers, who will meet online on July 18, to take additional steps to boost the participation of private creditors, who have been slow to engage. In an open letter to be published Monday, the groups said further steps were needed since the global economy was facing an even deeper downturn than projected in April, when the G20 and Paris Club of credit...

More calls to 811, long lines after officials tell Montreal bargoers to test for COVID-19

Montrealers who have decided to go out to bars since they reopened in the city June 22 may have been caught off guard Saturday, when Public Health officials announced they want everyone who has been to a bar in Montreal since July 1 to get tested for COVID-19. “In order to get in front of it, we wanted to send out a call to the whole population rather than go bar by bar or situation by situation,” Montreal Public Health doctor David Kaiser said in an interview with Global News on Sunday. READ MORE: Montreal public health urges all bar patrons and employees to get tested for COVID-19 Sunday morning, it seemed like a lot of people got the message. The walk-in testing clinic at the Hotel Dieu Hospital had a long lineup that wrapped around the building, though Kaiser said officials hadn’t rece...

Here’s what you need to know about going back to Halifax libraries

After more than three months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halifax Public Libraries has reopened its doors with new health and safety measures in place. That includes reduced seating in most branches to allow for physical distancing, hand sanitizer and masks on offer at each entrance, and new protocols for wiping down desks and equipment used by guests. “We’re asking our community members to help us out, maybe sanitize the station before you use it, especially computers,” said spokesperson Curtis Sutton. “So when you come back, things are a little different, but we’re here to help you out and enjoy your library visit.” READ MORE: Halifax Public Libraries extend closures, plan to reopen April 30 In larger facilities, like the Halifax Central Library, floor decals have been instal...

Quebecers must now register online with N.B., P.E.I. to travel to Iles-de-la-Madeleine

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted July 12, 2020 4:05 pm Quebecers travelling to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine by car through New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island this summer now need to register online with those provinces. The Quebec government says residents must, as of Sunday, complete online registration forms to be able to travel through Atlantic Canada to reach the Quebec islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Quebec says the request came at the behest of New Brunswick and P.E.I. and that the registration procedures apply to all travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic. [ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ] Some Quebec politicians were angered last month when New Brunswick said Quebecers could not stay overnight on their way to the Iles-de-la-Madelein...

First weekend back: Lethbridge ATB Centre rinks open for bookings as swimmers head to Stan Siwik

Young hockey players from Southern Alberta Battle took to the ice at the ATB Centre in Lethbridge over the weekend. Parry Shockey, one of the instructors for the program, said the kids haven’t had the opportunity to partake in activities like this in months due to facility closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think that these kids are going home in a totally different state of mind than they’ve been in for the last three months,” he said on Saturday, adding the 2009 group skated during two practices in one day. “They pushed through, which means they have some resiliency.” According to the City of Lethbridge, the rinks have to be booked ahead of time and no open skating or individual skating is permitted at this time. No other areas of the ATB Centre are open yet, including viewing areas...

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