The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Thursday (this file will be updated throughout the day):
2 p.m.: Canadian foreign affairs minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has been tested for COVID-19 after he began experiencing flu-like symptoms after returning from a trip abroad, he tweeted. He is in self-isolation while awaiting test results.
1:43 p.m.: Quebec is reporting 121 confirmed COVID-19 cases today, up from 94 the day before, with seven people in hospital.
The government is asking people to stick close to home and not travel to other parts of the province unless necessary.
Premier Francois Legault says the province wants to limit travel as the province is monitoring the situation region by region.
The province’s health authorities say all regions of the province now have confirmed cases.
1:36 p.m.: The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook China’s on Thursday in a stark illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States.
Italy, with a population of 60 million, recorded at least 3,405 deaths, or roughly 150 more than in China — a country with a population over 20 times larger.
Italy reached the bleak milestone the same day that Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged three months ago, recorded no new infections, a sign that the communist country’s draconian lockdowns were a powerful method to stop the virus’ spread.
On Thursday, a visiting Chinese Red Cross team criticized Italians’ failure to properly quarantine themselves and take the national lockdown seriously.
1:30 p.m.: Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer of health reported no new cases of COVID-19 today, but one of the three presumptive cases was confirmed positive.
Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says 684 people in the province have been tested and 681 have been confirmed negative.
She says public health is monitoring 276 people who are in self-isolation.
1:10 p.m.: A person in Manitoba who tested positive for COVID-19 has been hospitalized.
Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, says the patient has moderate symptoms.
There are 17 cases of the novel coronavirus in the province. All but one has been connected to international travel.
Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the province has received 27 extra ventilators for a total of 270, and more are on the way.
12:35 p.m.: Halton Region Public Health announces that it has been notified of a death related to COVID-19. The individual, a man in his 50s, is the second known death in Ontario related to COVID-19. The man had an underlying health condition and was being treated at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Milton District Hospital.
“This is the tragic proof that we need to work together as a community to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and taking action to protect yourself and those around you,” Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health, said in a statement. “This is a larger community issue and I know that everyone joins me in extending their deepest condolences to his family at this time.”
12:15 p.m.: Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says all asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the U.S. at Roxham Road will be temporarily housed beginning tomorrow.
Freeland says this is to ensure they are all quarantined for 14 days just as everyone else coming into Canada from the U.S. and other countries should do.
Freeland says she spoke to Quebec Justice Minister Sonia LeBel, as well as all provincial premiers, about the issue.
12:10 p.m.: Premier Doug Ford announces that all renewals for driver licences, licence plate stickers and health cards are suspended. You can use your expired documents for now.
Ford said this is to reduce the need for in-person visits to Service Ontario outlets and will help private motorists and commercial operators.
The premier stressed that expired and expiring health cards can continue to be used access to health services.
12:04 p.m.: Tribunals Ontario will not issue any new eviction orders until further notice. Sheriff’s offices have been asked to postpone any scheduled enforcement of eviction orders currently set for this week.
12 p.m. After the Ontario government’s Telehealth toll-free number was down for hours yesterdat despite 300 new lines, Health Minister Christine Elliott said another 1,300 lines have been added Thursday.
The service is the first point of contact for residents with questions about COVID-19, such as whether they need to be tested depending on what symptoms they have.
“We’re working to add even more to help further reduce wait times,” Elliott tweeted.
11:20 a.m.: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it will take “weeks to months” for social-distancing measures to be lifted in the fight against COVID-19.
He says the government is following the advice of health experts and will not lift restrictions on public activities and movements until it is safe to do…
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