Coronavirus Update: Tam urges families to limit holiday gatherings and non-essential outings

Good evening, here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.

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In Canada, there have been at least 328,925 cases reported. In the last week 32,575 new cases were announced, 3% more than the previous week.

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There have also been at least 263,386 recoveries and 11,455 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 12,170,961 tests.

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Worldwide, there have been at least 58,143,122 cases confirmed and 1,380,436 deaths reported.

Sources: Canada data is compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data is from Johns Hopkins University.

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A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 is framed by Christmas lights, in downtown Vancouver today. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province.

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Coronavirus in Canada

In Ottawa, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam urged Canadians to limit gatherings and stay home to ensure a safe holiday season.

Dr. Tam is urging Canadians to be cautious amid what she describes as rapid epidemic growth across the country.

  • She issued her advice as Quebec and Ontario, the provinces with the most cases and deaths to date, recorded 1,154 and 1,534 new COVID-19 cases, respectively, over the past 24 hours.
  • Atlantic Canada is also experiencing a recent increase in cases, while numbers continue to soar in Nunavut.

In Ontario, new lockdown measures are coming into effect in Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region at midnight.

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Also today: Prime Minister joins Group of 20 in promising COVID-19 aid to poor nations

Coronavirus around the world

  • The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as 24 hours after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants approval, which would kick off the largest inoculation campaign in U.S. history starting in mid-December.
  • British Prime Minister has announced plans for strict regional measures to combat COVID-19 after England’s lockdown ends Dec. 2, sparking a rebellion by members of his own party.
  • Mink infected with coronavirus have been found at a farm in the Eure-et-Loire region of western France, and 1,000 mink at the farm will be culled, the French Agriculture Ministry said on Sunday.

Coronavirus and business

Air filters have become big business in the age of COVID-19 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning companies – at least for those that can get their hands on them.

As indoor air quality becomes a major concern in places of business, HVAC companies are struggling to keep up with demand for high-quality filtration systems.

Air filters, it turns out, are made of similar materials to those used in face masks and other personal protective equipment, putting them in short supply.

Also today: Quebec court orders Hudson’s Bay Co. to pay its rent despite pandemic strain


  • Amanda Watson: “We mothers have been forced to get used to this. Without hesitation, many of us have been juggling our labours to pick up the slack left by murky policy and gaps in care and income. Sure, the dads are juggling more than usual, too, but studies have shown how the pandemic is disproportionately affecting women.”

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Sources: Canada data are compiled from government websites, Johns Hopkins University and COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group; international data are from Johns Hopkins.

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