Earlier this week, the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada surpassed 105,900 with Québec reporting 55,937 cases, Ontario 35,948, Alberta 8,389 and British Columbia 2,978. To date, there have been 8,693 deaths across the country.
Health Canada recently warned that it has found counterfeit N95 respirators (sold by Shanghai Lansheng Light Industrial Products) with false approval labels on them. As the masks may not provide the level of protection they claim to, Health Canada has asked the company to stop selling the product and to issue a recall while provinces were urged to review supplies to ensure they meet safety requirements.
Alberta: While the province continues to monitor several small outbreaks in Calgary and Edmonton, a more serious situation is developing in the latter city where a hospital is now closed to new admissions following 18 patients and 14 staff testing positive. The easing of restrictions continues, however, across the province with outdoor gatherings of 200 now allowed, while the province will resume distribution of non-medical face masks in mid-July.
British Columbia: B.C. continues to be largely successful in controlling the spread of the virus while most the recent fatalities have been limited to longterm care centres. Although the province has not mandated the use of facemasks out of concern for those who have difficulty wearing one, it strongly recommends their use, particularly when social distancing is not possible.
Ontario: For the first time in three months, the province reported no new C-19 related deaths (July 6). It continues to move ahead with reopening plans as Industry Note NBCFM Research | July 7, 2020 the last two municipalities in the Windsor-Essex region are expected to move into Stage 2 on July 7. Officials also announced that alongside the reopening of the economy, the province will fast-track construction of highways and transit systems throughout (with a focus in the Greater Toronto Area) via a $2.6 billion plan. While the province is seeing gradual improvements, mayors from some of the largest cities remain concerned and have requested at least $10 billion in relief funding to avoid property tax increases, user fee hikes and cutting of public services. Several municipalities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, and others, have made the use of masks mandatory in indoor public spaces.
Québec: Following a cluster in the Greater Montréal area caused by two large house parties and spread to a bar, officials announced that they will increase police presence in reopened bars, clubs and other establishments to ensure customers are properly following distancing guidelines. The government is also expected to outline fines for non-complying customers and venues later this week while closures of establishment may also be possible. Montréal plans to introduce a bylaw by the end of July requiring face coverings in enclosed public spaces.