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Afternoon News: Monday, April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

Ottawa Public Health is reporting seven more COVID-19-related deaths, as well as 44 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus Monday.

59 people have died of complications from COVID-19, while the total number of confirmed cases in our city has reached 1,154, with 510 cases resolved.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Ontario is reporting 424 new COVID-19 cases and 57 new deaths.

That brings the total of cases in the province to 14,856. That’s a 2.9 per cent increase over Sunday’s total, continuing several days of falling growth rates.¬†Ontario’s total number of cases includes 892 deaths and 8,525 resolved cases.

Meanwhile,

Ontario says it will ease restrictions related to the pandemic in three stages, though the steps unveiled today contain few specifics or timelines.

Stage one in the framework could include opening select workplaces that can modify operations, such as providing curbside pickup or delivery; opening parks; allowing for more people at certain events such as funerals; and having hospitals resume some non-urgent surgeries.

Stage two could include opening more businesses, such as service, retail or office workplaces; opening more outdoor spaces; and allowing some larger public gatherings.

Stage three would include having all workplaces open and further relaxing rules on public gatherings _ though large ones such as sports events and concerts would still be restricted.

The framework says each of the three stages will last about two to four weeks. At the end of each period, the chief medical officer could advise staying in that stage longer, moving onto the next stage or reintroducing certain restrictions to prevent new outbreaks.

Quebec Re-Opening Schools:

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has announced elementary schools and daycares outside the greater Montreal area will reopen on May 11.

Schools and daycares in greater Montreal region will reopen the next week, on May 19.

Legault adds school attendance will not be mandatory.

Federal Government Responds to Virus Immunity:

Canada’s top Doctor Theresa Tam is warning anyone who’s had COVID-19 against thinking they are immune.

Understanding when people become immune to COVID-19 will be critical as different jurisdictions look to start easing restrictions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cautions a complete return to normal is a long way off, adding that if we loosen our measures too much, the second wave of the virus could be worse than the first.

Queen Elizabeth Driveway Pilot Project Extended:

Non-emergency vehicles will remain off of a stretch of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway for another couple of weeks to allow pedestrians and cyclists to maintain physical distancing.

A pilot project that saw Queen Elizabeth closed to all but emergency vehicles between Laurier and Fifth Avenues between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm every day was scheduled to end Sunday.

However, the NCC says because physical distancing rules were followed, and crowds did not grow too big in the area, they will continue it until at least May 10.

 

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