Fresh Corona virus News from Monday in Canada and around the world. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
8:41 am Students in Ontario will begin returning to the classroom in person today for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province closed all schools on March 13 after cases of coronavirus disease began to rise.
This fall, the boards offer a mix of individual classes and online learning for students who prefer to stay at home.
Some boards in different parts of the province will reopen schools today, while others will reopen in the next two weeks.
Education Minister Stephen Leck last month gave the boards permission to block school reopening if more time is needed to keep pandemic safety protocols in place.
For example, high school students begin orientation at the Peel District School Board today, elementary students begin Wednesday, and Toronto District School Board students do not begin returning to class until September 15th.
In Ottawa, where some students returned to class earlier this month, health officials say people at five French – language Catholic schools – four elementary and one high school – tested positive for COVID – 19.
She said Ottawa Public Health is reaching out to everyone in close contact with those infected and asking them to self-isolate and get tested.
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8:30 p.m. Students return to class today in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and this year’s differences due to COVID-19 begin with how they get to school.
Parents in both provinces are encouraged to transport their children to school if possible, and in Saskatchewan seats can be allocated to children traveling on the school bus and a separation separates children from the driver.
As long as the mask is worn, Saskatchewan says it is not the school boards’ responsibility to decide whether or not to make them mandatory, but the Chief Medical Health Officer advises students from grades 4 to 12 to wear them busy in the hallway and on buses.
Manitoba, meanwhile, needs masks for grades 5 to 12 when physical distance is not possible, and they are needed on the bus.
Children in the Winnipeg school division may not be able to drive the bus back on their first day as the union, which represents drivers, is preparing for a strike starting today.
The union and the school department have been negotiating since October 2019 after the drivers’ contracts expired in June last year, a division spokesman said at the end of Monday with no moves on the negotiations.
Students in Saskatchewan were originally scheduled to return to school by September 1, but the province pushed back the date last month, explaining it would give teachers and school staff some time to make a safe return.
8:06 a.m .: The UN agency for refugees says it has Two coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the Azrak camp For Syrian refugees in Jordan.
These were the first epidemics to be found among Syrians living in refugee camps in Jordan, including 100,000 Syrians displaced by the country’s civil war.
UNHCR said it had transferred two patients to quarantine facilities, leaving their neighbors alone with more tests.
8 p.m. A retired Austrian man says he has received US government coronavirus relief checks for US $ 1,200, even though he has not lived in the United States for more than half a century.
Named after President Donald Trump, the Czech Republic is part of a larger federal stimulus program. But the money was also sent to ineligible people – including deceased US taxpayers.
The Austrian public broadcaster ORF reports that a 73-year-old man from Linz, who worked as a waiter in the United States for two years in the 1960s, was able to cash the check.
His wife, who had never worked or lived in the United States, also got one.
ORF reports that banks in Austria have cashed dozens of checks for alpine residents. It is unclear how many people are eligible for the money.
8 p.m. The Indonesian government announced on Tuesday that the country has surpassed 200,000 coronavirus cases.
The National Task Force on COVID-19 Relief reported 3,046 new cases of coronavirus in Indonesia, with a total of 200,035 confirmed cases. It said 100 people had died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 8,230.
Viku Adisasmito, a spokesman for the National COVID-19 Relief Task Force, said: “We need to focus on our situation today, as President Joko Widodo has said that health needs to be taken care of first, so that the economic situation improves.”
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The Indonesian government imposed large-scale social sanctions on parts of the country in April. Regional governments lifted sanctions and resumed business operations in June.
8 p.m. As the number of new coronavirus cases of the territory is declining, Hong Kong has further relaxed social distance measures.
Hong Kong reported six more virus cases on Tuesday.
From Friday, the limit for open houses will be reduced from two to four. Most indoor and outdoor sports facilities, as well as museums are allowed to reopen.
The city is declining its coronavirus cases following an increase in locally contagious infections in July. Hong Kong has reported a total of 4,896 infections with 99 deaths since the outbreak.
Hong Kong officials said Tuesday that the city is in talks with 11 countries to set up travel bubbles, which will allow residents to travel internationally even amid the epidemic.
Such travel bubbles include pre-flight coronavirus testing that is mutually detectable by both Hong Kong and the partner country.
8 p.m. The Austrian leader said both ski resorts and schools should remain open this winter as the country seeks to reduce coronavirus infections by supporting the tourism sector.
During a visit to Slovenia on Tuesday, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government would do everything possible to ensure safe skiing. With the outbreak of the pandemic in March, Ischgl’s Austrian ski resort became an early European hotspot.
“We must try to live as simple a life as possible in all areas of our lives,” Kurz was quoted as saying by the Austrian Press Agency, “winter tourism and skiing are possible.” Asked if schools should close down skiing areas to stay longer, he said: “I do not want schools to play with each other’s economy.”
Kurz said post-skiing parties were not possible as in the past, but did not give details.
8 p.m. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Egypt has crossed 100,000.
The health ministry reported 178 new cases late Monday. There have been 5,541 virus deaths in Egypt since the outbreak.
Egypt has recently relaxed most of its restrictions to prevent the speed of the virus.
7:35 am: The remaining 166 are Tour de France riders Cleared to continue racing Tuesday before Stage 10 after the COVID-19 tests, but the race director is on his way home.
Tour organizers said all riders’ tests were negative, but race director Christian Prudhom announced a positive test with four crew members from four different teams eliminated from the race bubble.
5:35 am: The British government on Tuesday came under pressure to act swiftly to keep a lid on coronavirus infections Sharp spike in new cases across the UK Concerns have been raised about the future path of the winter epidemic in recent days.
In the wake of figures showing on Monday that the UK had registered nearly 3,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day running, government ministers and scientists expressed concern that easing the lockdown over the summer would allow too many people, especially young people, to guard themselves. In a country that has seen the spread of the deadly virus of Europe.
4:16 a.m .: India There were 1,133 deaths today Since COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, this is the highest single day total.
The Ministry of Health also reported 75,809 new cases, raising India to nearly 4.3 million – the second highest after the United States and rising between the easing of nationwide sanctions to help ease economic pain. The death toll in the country is now 72,775.
India has been reporting the highest single-day caseload in the world for over a month.