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Ottawa, Mar 22 (Canadian-Media): In his address to nation March 22, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the House of Commons would reconvene on Mar 24 to approve emergency aid measures to offset impacted economy due to COVID19, media reports said.
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To respect social distancing guidelines, a just over 30 MPs will be present in the chamber including 14-15 Liberals, 11 Conservatives, three members of the Bloc Québécois, three New Democrats and one member of the Green Party.
The Senate will be called back Wednesday to pass the bill and Royal Assent is expected the same day.
The measures to be discussed focus on improving access to employment insurance (EI) and increasing the Canada Child Benefit.
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Calgary, Mar 16 (Canadian-Media): Declaration of a state of emergency in the city of Calgary due doubling of coronavirus pandemic in two days resulted in closure of city-operated recreation centres, pools and arenas, some partner facilities like YMCAs, Calgary Public Library branches all K-12 schools, preschools and post-secondary institutes until further notice, media reports said
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The measures at the city emergency operations centre jointly announced by Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, city manager David Duckworth and Calgary's Emergency Management Agency chief Tom Sampson effective at 12:01 a.m. MT Monday.
The reasons for issuing the state of emergency, said the officials were due to the confirmation of 14 new cases of COVID-19 in the city of Calgary in the last 24 hours taking Alberta's total up to 56 and the occurrence of the first instances of the case spread through the community, rather than by travel or contact with someone sick.
Added to this were the unknown sources of the two new cases in Calgary with the likelihood of other undiagnosed cases in Alberta, said Alberta's chief medical officer Sunday.
The restaurants, bars and cafes, though not ordered to be closed, were required to keep their capacity to either less than half their capacity or fewer than 250 people, while the Calgary grocery stores, public transit, shelters, shopping centers, pharmacies, casinos and the airport will remain open as usual but but employees are encouraged to work from home.
Declaration of the last state of emergency in Calgary was due to severe flooding in the summer of 2013.
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Ottawa, Mar 15 (Canadian-Media): Ontario's largest daily increase of 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday morning since its outbreak, is leading the country with its provincial's total of 145 COVID-19 cases, media reports said.
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All the newly confirmed cases are self-isolating, except one person in Simcoe-Muskoka who is hospitalized.
It was announced today by Premier Doug Ford's office that it is planning to table a bill aimed at helping workers affected by the outbreak by offering protected leave to people affected by the pandemic.
The requirement for employees to obtain sick notes if they need to go into self-isolation or care for anyone in quarantine will also be waived.
All schools in Ontario had already been declared to shut down till the first week of April.
The province is also urging hospitals to postpone all elective surgeries and is closing all casinos.
Ontario's chief medical officer of health recommended on Friday that all events and public gatherings of over 250 people should be suspended.
Most operations of Ontario’s Superior Court are being suspended effective Tuesday in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the Ontario Court of Justice plans to severely limit the number of people who appear in court each day.
In their continued efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, officials in Toronto had shut down the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, church services, several YMCAs in the GTA.
Toronto is also shutting down Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery, and government run fitness centres, community centres and many more.
GTA municipalities are halting several services, including libraries and city-run daycares.
Community colleges, and a few universities like Toronto University, York University will discontinue face to face teaching and would offer online education for students.
The City of Toronto has updated its website with all city services and facilities.
All the travelers coming to Canada were recommended by Health authorities of Canada to self-isolate for 15 days.
Toronto Mayor John Tory is in self-isolation after his recent business trip to London.
Hygiene measures such as frequent handwashing and social distancing have been urged continuously by Canadian public health officials to protect from the deadly virus infection.
Canadians travelling abroad were recommended by Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne Saturday to return to Canada, while commercial transportation is still available.
A state of emergency had already been declared in United States by its president Donald Trump.
Coronovirus, which had been declared pandemic has infected more than 150,000 people worldwide and killed more than 5,600 globally, including one person in British Columbia.
#Canada; #Coronavirus; #FlatteningTheCurve; #PHAC; #Triaging
Ottawa, Mar 11 (Canadian-Media): With unlikely chances of stopping the spread of coronavirus, due to the global number of its mounting to nearly 120,000 people in 115 countries, public health officials have started considering its slow down by flattening the curve, a reference to an epidemiological graph of a disease outbreak, media reports said.
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A large spike on that graph indicates a sudden spike in people with infections can be catastrophic even for health-care systems in highly developed countries like Canada.
"If you can slow it down enough and flatten the curve, so the same number of people get infected, but over a much longer period of time, then ... what you're allowing is that the capacity will not be exceeded," said , a critical care physician at Winnipeg's Health Science Centre, CBC News reported.
"And that protects the community, so that an ICU bed will be available when it's needed."
With most of Canada's hospitals already operating at 100 percent capacity and with the extra load from this year's bad flu season, Canada is ill prepared to care fore more patients in times of sickness.
Apart from supportive care, Canada also lacks vaccines or drugs to treat COVID-19.
A survey of Canada's critical-care capacity after the 2009 H1N1 epidemic by a team of researchers under the leadership of Dr. Robert Fowler, a critical care physician at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital concluded that intensive care resources vary widely across Canada and may result in geographic differences in the ability to care for critically ill patients during increased demand.
Health care professionals would be challenged to approach the management of COVID-19 on a national scale and being ready move equipment and health-care workers to where they are most urgently needed.
Ontario, for example, had an extra 209 ventilators stockpiled and spread out across the province as of last August, according to one provincial document.
Fowler said that more challenging would be the physical space within a hospital care for people than the availability of the number of ventilators.
Kumar's concern is about the number of qualified staff to cope with surge of patients
Italy's health-care workers are facing the grim reality of "triaging" under strained circumstances due to shortage of ventilators and ICU beds.
Although the concept of such triaging has been studied by Canada, but Fowler said so far Canada has failed to establish a system.
#Canada; #B.C.; #COVID19; #CoronavirusDeath
Toronto, Mar 10 (Canadian-Media): The death of a coronavirus patient in his 80s with underlying health conditions confirmed Monday by B.C. health officials in Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, B.C. has alerted Canadian health authorities' need to protect the most vulnerable; but it is not a cause for panic, media reports said.
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"It's not unexpected that we would see patients in those age groups dying of this disease and it's similar with many other infections that with age your chance of dying from it goes up," said Dr. Jocelyn Srigley, a physician and clinical assistant professor with the department of pathology and lab medicine at the University of British Columbia.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the percentage of people who die from the illness is currently estimated at upwards of 3.4 percent, which is significantly higher than the seasonal flu at less than one percent.
In patients aged 70 and up, said WHO, fatality rate increases to eight percent, and for those above 80 years old, it rises to almost 15 per cent.