Today’s coronavirus news: Mississauga joins Toronto with mandatory mask bylaw; COVID-19 shows no signs of slowing in U.S., India, Brazil


  • 6:10 a.m.: Virus showing no signs of slowing in the worst-affected countries: the United States, Brazil and India.

  • 6:06 a.m.: Pandemic reaching “full speed” in Africa, officials say

  • Wednesday 7:21 p.m.: Mississauga now requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

6:15 a.m.: The chair of Toronto’s Board of Health is urging the province to take swift action to fight COVID-19 in the city’s northwest corner, which has been hardest hit by the virus, and bridge the stark socioeconomic divide that is putting residents in these neighbourhoods at risk.

“The social determinants of health, like income, race and ethnicity, and housing, affect who gets sick and who does not,” Councillor Joe Cressy said in a letter on Wednesday to Ontario’s health minister and chief medical officer of health.

“Now is the time for partnership and collaboration,” Cressy said. “I am asking you to help us stop the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable and impacted communities, and to address the social determinants of health that have created deep health inequities.”

Click here to read the full story from the Star’s Rachel Mendleson.

6:12 a.m.: In Australia, which had initial success containing the outbreak, authorities on Thursday reported 179 new cases, most of them in the city of Melbourne, where authorities are battling a resurgence and have imposed a new six-week lockdown.

Victoria state Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said six new cases were from a Melbourne high school which has become the state’s largest known cluster, with 113 people infected. More than 2,000 students and hundreds of staff are in quarantine.

6:10 a.m.: India on Thursday reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections, as the disease continued its ominous spread through the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people.

The virus is showing no signs of slowing in the worst-affected countries: the United States, Brazil and India. The three nations are accounting for more than 60% of new cases, according to recent tallies from Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. reported nearly 59,000 new daily cases, just short of the record 60,000 cases set a day earlier, as President Donald Trump insisted that schools reopen in the fall. Brazil reported nearly 45,000 new cases.

6:08 a.m.: Serbia’s authorities on Thursday are deciding what measures to impose to halt a surging spread of the new coronavirus, in the wake of two nights of clashes between police and anti-lockdown demonstrators.

Serbia’s crisis team is expected to ban gatherings in the capital, Belgrade, and limit the operations of cafes and nightclubs following a huge spike in infections that they say threatens the health system.

It is not clear if officials will reintroduce a weekend curfew, the initial announcement of which triggered the violent protests in Belgrade and three other cities.

Serbia has confirmed more than 17,000 cases of the new coronavirus while 341 people have died. A few hundred new infections are being reported daily.

6:06 a.m.: The coronavirus pandemic in Africa is reaching “full speed” and it’s good to prepare for the worst-case scenario, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief said Thursday, after a South African official said a single province is preparing 1.5 million gravesites.

Just a day after confirmed virus cases across Africa surpassed the half-million milestone the total was over 522,000 and climbing, with more than 12,000 deaths. With testing levels low, the real numbers are unknown.

South Africa has the most confirmed cases with over 224,000, and for the first time Gauteng province — home to Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria — has the country’s most cases with over 75,000, or 33%.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on July 9, 2020:

There are 106,434 confirmed cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 56,079 confirmed (including 5,603 deaths, 25,534 resolved)

_ Ontario: 36,178 confirmed (including 2,700 deaths, 31,805 resolved)

_ Alberta: 8,482 confirmed (including 158 deaths, 7,716 resolved)

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_ British Columbia: 3,008 confirmed (including 186 deaths, 2,645 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 1,066 confirmed (including 63 deaths, 998 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 808 confirmed (including 15 deaths, 746 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 314 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 312 resolved), 11 presumptive

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 258 resolved)

_ New Brunswick: 165 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 162 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 32 confirmed (including 27 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

_ Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 11 resolved)

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases, 1 presumptive

_ Total: 106,434 (12 presumptive, 106,422 confirmed including 8,737 deaths, 70,232 resolved)

Wednesday 7:21 p.m.:Mississauga is joining Toronto and Durham Region in requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public spaces.

Mississauga City Council approved the new bylaw to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it comes into effect Friday, the city said Wednesday evening.

The city said it will take an education and awareness approach to enforcement, followed by fines of less than $500 for both businesses and individuals.

The bylaw reflects recommendations made by health authorities at the federal, provincial and regional levels to wear face coverings in public where physical distancing may be difficult.

“We want to get life back to normal as soon as possible, allow more businesses to open more quickly, and get our city facilities reopened as soon as possible.” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“To do this, we need to remain vigilant, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, but also wear a mask in indoor spaces where the spread of the virus can happen more easily.”