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Afternoon News: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

COVID-19 Ottawa:

There is just one new confirmed COVID-19 case in Ottawa Tuesday.

That sends the city’s total throughout the pandemic to 2,560, with 196 active cases, and 82 per cent of patients recovered. No new deaths were reported Tuesday- that figure remains at 264.

COVID-19 Ontario:

Across Ontario there are 91 new cases Tuesday, along with four new deaths from the novel coronavirus.

The figures come after an increase of 88 cases yesterday and no reported deaths.

Dr. Tam Says Vaccine Won’t Make COVID Go Away:

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer says vaccines in development for COVID-19 will not be a silver bullet solution to ending the pandemic.

Dr. Theresa Tam says the Public Health Agency of Canada is planning to be responding to it for at least another year, if not two or three more years. That’s because researchers at work around the world don’t yet know how effective any vaccine will be. Measures such as physical distancing will need to remain in place until then.

Police Find Body of Missing Fisherman:

Ottawa Police confirm a body found in the Ottawa River is one of the two fishermen who went missing near Bate Island late last week.

The body was recovered Monday night, with the other body pulled from the water Saturday. The two men went missing Friday.

Explosion Rocks Lebanon:

The Lebanese Red Cross is reporting hundreds of casualties after a massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut.

The blast sent a giant mushroom cloud into the air, flattened much of the port, and damaged buildings more than two kilometres away.

Ottawa Museums To Re-Open:

If boredom is starting to creep in and you want to get out and explore, there will be more options to do just that starting Wednesday.

The city has announced that a number of museums and historic sites will re-open Wednesday, and will stay open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the afternoon Wednesday through Sunday.

This includes the Nepean Museum, Fairfields Heritage House, and Billings Estate.

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