The newest developments on COVID-19 in Canada: March 28

The Canadian Press

Revealed Saturday, March 28, 2020 eight:53PM EDT

Final Up to date Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:20PM EDT

The newest information on the COVID-19 international pandemic (all instances Japanese):

eight:50 p.m.

Overseas Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the MS Zaandam cruise ship will likely be allowed by means of to its closing vacation spot.

There are 248 Canadians stranded aboard the ship off the coast of Panama, the place some passengers have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and 4 folks have died.

Champagne says his Panamanian counterpart has confirmed that the Zaandam will likely be allowed by means of the Panama Canal to get to its closing vacation spot of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

eight:30 p.m.

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau says she’s obtained the all-clear from her physician and Ottawa Public Well being.

In a Fb submit, she says she’s feeling significantly better.

She was recognized with COVID-19 on March 12 after getting back from the U.Ok.

The analysis despatched her and her household, together with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, into self-isolation of their Ottawa house.

7:20 p.m.

Alberta is reporting 79 new instances of COVID-19, bringing the provincial complete to 621.

That complete consists of two deaths linked to the virus.

The provincial epicentre seems to be the Calgary space, which is reporting 378 instances.

The Edmonton space has 139.

6:30 p.m.

Ontario is chopping a number of the red-tape in long-term care properties throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province says it is eradicating sure administrative and regulatory necessities to liberate workers for extra direct care.

It says it is redeploying inspectors to assist with “vital areas of want” – a measure it says was additionally taken throughout the SARS pandemic in 2003.

5:30 p.m.

Ontario is reporting that one other COVID-19 affected person has died.

That brings the entire variety of deaths linked to the virus within the province to 19.

However well being officers aren’t reporting any new instances since their replace earlier within the day.

They are saying there have been 1,144 instances within the province, together with those that have died and eight individuals who have recovered.

four:15 p.m.

Saskatchewan is reporting 30 new confirmed instances of COVID-19, and officers say there’s been a big improve in instances linked with a snowmobile rally held earlier this month.

The province says in a information launch that the brand new instances carry the entire quantity in Saskatchewan to 134.

On Wednesday, well being officers warned anybody who had attended the Lakeland Snowmobile Membership Wilderness Rally Supper on March 14 between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. to instantly self-isolate, following information that an individual who was on the rally examined optimistic for COVID-19.

The province now says 18 instances in complete have been linked to the occasion, and all of them are self-isolating at house.

three:40 p.m.

Goalie gear producer Brian’s Customized Sports activities in southwestern Ontario has begun producing medical provides for space hospitals.

The corporate in Kingsville, Ont., was initially approached by public well being officers about its surplus of double-sided tape and foam.

However when the Ontario authorities closed non-essential companies to assist cease the unfold of COVID-19, the agency was requested to vary its manufacturing.

Now its 15-person stitching staff is producing medical robes for front-line medical staff for Windsor-Essex EMS.

three:35 p.m.

There are 20 new instances of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, together with two associated to long-term care amenities within the province.

The announcement brings the entire variety of instances within the province to 110.

An worker at R.Ok. MacDonald Nursing House in Antigonish has examined optimistic, as has an worker at Lewis Corridor, a non-public retirement residing neighborhood in Dartmouth.

The province says all residents, their households and workers at each amenities have been notified, and there are not any instances of COVID-19 amongst residents of long-term care amenities presently.

three:10 p.m.

The B.C. authorities says there are 92 new instances of COVID-19 within the province, for a complete of 884.

Provincial well being officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says 81 individuals are hospitalized, together with 52 in intensive care, and there was one extra loss of life.

She says instances are persevering with to extend amongst individuals who have been uncovered within the final two weeks, and bodily distancing stays critically necessary.

Henry says on a optimistic be aware, almost 400 folks have recovered from the illness in B.C.

2:30 p.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador well being officers are expressing considerations as a consequence of its first case of neighborhood transmission of COVID-19.

Chief medical officer of well being Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says a affected person admitted to a hospital in St. Anthony, N.L., was among the many 18 new instances introduced on Saturday.

Fitzgerald describes the case as a major growth as a result of the affected person had no historical past of journey or publicity to a identified case of COVID-19.

Her announcement has introduced the entire variety of instances within the province to 120, the second highest degree per capita in Canada.

1:55 p.m.

New Brunswick has introduced six new instances of COVID-19, bringing the entire quantity to 51.

The province says in an announcement the brand new instances are underneath investigation and “additional particulars will likely be forthcoming.”

The province additionally introduced a particular line for health-care staff to name if they’ve signs of COVID-19.

Public Well being in New Brunswick is instructing well being staff who’ve developed signs since March 20 to self isolate.

1:45 p.m.

Manitoba is saying an extra 25 possible instances of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the entire variety of lab-confirmed optimistic and possible optimistic instances within the province to 64.

The overall variety of deaths reported in Manitoba from the virus stays at one.

1:30 p.m.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he’s trying to restrict gatherings to not more than 5 folks.

The province is at the moment limiting gatherings to 50 folks and he says a choice might be coming later at the moment.

He says exceptions will be made in particular circumstances like in funeral properties, the place they might have small teams of individuals come into the occasion at a time.

1:15 p.m.

Quebec is reporting 2,498 confirmed instances of COVID-19 within the province and 4 extra deaths, bringing the provincial tally to 22.

Deputy Premier Genevieve Guilbault can also be saying police checkpoints as of this afternoon in eight areas exterior of main Quebec cities the place the inhabitants is deemed extra in danger.

Guilbault says solely important journey will likely be allowed in these areas and says Quebec provincial police have additionally arrange checkpoints close to the Canada-U.S. border to intercept snowbirds coming again to Quebec to make sure they perceive there is a 14-day quarantine.

Guilbault says out of 164 folks hospitalized, 57 individuals are in intensive care.

1:15 p.m.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says firms concerned in worth gouging amid the COVID-19 disaster will face steep fines and attainable jail time.

Ford says firm administrators discovered to be concerned with worth gouging might face fines as much as $500,000 and a yr in jail.

He says firms might face a tremendous of as much as $10 million.

Ford is urging the general public to contact the provincial authorities in the event that they see firms unreasonably elevating costs.

1:10 p.m.

Ontario has introduced 151 new instances of COVID-19, bringing the entire variety of instances within the province to 1,144.

The Ministry of Well being says the variety of deaths from the virus stays at 18, and eight instances have been resolved.

The ministry says greater than eight,000 investigations into the virus are nonetheless pending.

12:05 p.m.

Canada’s chief public well being officer Theresa Tam says the most recent information reveals about seven per cent of COVID-19 instances within the nation have required hospitalization.

About three per cent of instances have required vital care, and about one per cent have been deadly.

She notes that about 30 per cent of individuals hospitalized are aged 40 and underneath.

Tam says well being officers will hold an in depth eye on traits of the severity of the illness for indicators that extra susceptible individuals are being affected or that the well being system is being overwhelmed.

11:30 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says anybody displaying signs of COVID-19 won’t be allowed to board home flights and trains.

He says these measures will take impact Monday.

Trudeau made the announcement in his every day information convention in Ottawa.

11:10 a.m.

World Affairs Canada says a Canadian citizen who was on a cruise has died from issues associated to COVID-19 in Brazil.

A spokesman says its ideas are with the sufferer’s household and that the information has saddened the division.

World Affairs says it won’t present additional particulars for privateness causes.

11:05 a.m.

Michael Kasprow is terrified for his 81-year-old mom who’s caught on board a cruise ship the place 4 folks have died and several other others have examined optimistic for COVID-19.

He says his mom is wholesome and is scheduled to be transferred to the Zaandam’s sister ship quickly, but it surely stays unclear the place it will possibly dock.

The corporate that runs the ship says all ports are closed and almost 150 folks have flu-like signs.

11 a.m

The federal authorities says it’s working with its counterparts in Panama and a cruise line to get greater than 200 Canadians house.

Holland America says two folks aboard its ship, the Zaandam, have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and 4 others have died.

World Affairs Canada says 247 Canadian passengers and one Canadian crew member are on the ship that’s anchored off the Panama coast.

(The Canadian Press)