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More stupid on the March:  Quebec reports over 120 new coronavirus cases for seventh day in a row

Thousands rally in downtown Montreal to protest Quebec mask rules

Broad spectrum of motivations and ideologies present; few wore masks

CBC News · Posted: Aug 08, 2020 4:47 PM ET | Last Updated: 3 minutes ago
 
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Protesters chanted "liberté" as they marched from the main gates of McGill University on Sherbrooke Street to the CBC/Radio-Canada building on René-Lévesque Boulevard. (Jean-Claude Taliana/Radio-Canada)
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Thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Montreal Saturday to protest against the Quebec government's mandatory mask regulations.

The protesters — the vast majority of whom did not wear masks — carried signs and wore t-shirts indicating a variety of motivations and ideologies in opposition to face coverings.

 

Some demanded freedom, some were critical of the Coalition Avenir Québec government, Premier François Legault or public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda, and others espoused various theories about COVID-19 and U.S. politics.

"I find it illogical," said Nathalie Warren, who travelled from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. for the protest.

"Say we go into a restaurant," she said. "We walk in wearing a mask, because, what, COVID is there? Then we sit down and we can take the masks off because, what, the COVID is gone?"

Under the government's regulations, masks are mandatory in restaurants when clients are moving around because it is harder to maintain a physical distance from others in those instances, provincial health authorities have said. When a client is seated, they may remove their mask as long as they are at a two-metre distance from others

"We want our liberty. We want the right to say yes to a vaccine. We want the right to decide. It's our life, it's our bodies, it's up to us," said Warren. 

"I'm not OK with children going to school wearing masks, and physical distancing," said Irène Sarmiento. "It makes no sense. The children aren't to blame. The population is being abused."

So far, the Quebec government has not made masks mandatory for students heading back to school

 
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The protesters carried signs indicating a variety of motivations and ideologies in opposition to face coverings. (Jean-Claude Taliana/Radio-Canada)

There were frequent spontaneous chants of "liberté" as the march wound from the main gates of McGill University on Sherbrooke Street to the CBC/Radio-Canada building on René-Lévesque Boulevard. Montreal police surveyed the event from motorcycles and bicycles.

At previous anti-mask protests in the province, demonstrators argued that mandatory mask rules are not fair and that the threat of COVID-19 is not as serious as is being reported.

On Saturday, some people made a show of embracing each other or exchanging double-cheek kisses. During speeches at the end, there were loud cheers for suggestions the mask law had no scientific basis and was instead an effort to control the population.

The science on masks and COVID-19, however, is now quite clear. It has solidified as scientists have learned more about asymptomatic carriers and have zeroed in on the virus's spread through airborne particles — characteristics that were not well understood in the early stages of the pandemic.

Public health experts note that you should wear a cloth face covering not to protect yourself, but to protect those physically close to you by reducing the chances some of your respiratory droplets come into contact with them.

A recent study, which looked at research carried out in 16 countries on six continents, concluded that "wearing face masks protects people (both health-care workers and the general public) against infection by these coronaviruses, and that eye protection could confer additional benefit."

In the past, the Quebec government has said that people are allowed to protest. On July 27, responding to protests the previous weekend, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault said there would be "consequences" if there continued to be incidents where people "transgress the rules of public health."  

"It has nothing to do with taking away anyone's right to protest or express themselves," Guilbault said. "It's obvious that anybody can protest. But nobody has the right to put anyone else's health in danger."

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The latest:

  • Number of COVID-19 cases in United States tops 5 million.
  • India records nearly 64,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
  • New Zealand marks 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19.
  • More than 2,700 active cases in Australia's Victoria state have no known source.
  • U.K. leader says keeping schools closed longer than necessary is 'intolerable.'

The United States has now recorded more than five million cases of COVID-19, with more than 162,000 deaths, since identifying its first confirmed case of the new respiratory illness in January, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

 

New cases of infection in the U.S. caused by the novel coronavirus run at about 54,000 a day — and while that's down from a peak of well over 70,000 last month, cases are rising in nearly 20 states.

Figures compiled this week show that five states — California, Texas, Florida, New York and Georgia — account for more than 40 per cent of infections.

On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump signed executive actions bypassing Congress to defer payroll taxes for some Americans and extend unemployment benefits after talks on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

Trump accused Democrats of loading up their rescue bill with priorities unrelated to the coronavirus. "We've had it," he said Saturday at a news conference at his country club in Bedminster, N.J.

 
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A store window in New York City on Saturday features mannequins wearing masks as the city continued with Phase 4 of its reopening. It allows outdoor arts and entertainment events and sporting events without fans. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Trump said the payroll tax cut would apply to those earning less than $100,000 a year. Extra aid for the unemployed will total $400 a week, a cut from the $600 that just expired.

He also signed a memorandum holding off student loan payments and an executive order extending the freeze on evictions.

What's happening with coronavirus in Canada

As of 10:15 a.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had 119,404 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 103,715 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC's reporting stood at 9,017.

Ontario reported its sixth-straight day of fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19. There were 70 new cases of the novel coronavirus Saturday and one virus-related death. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions also continued to decline while the number of patients on ventilators remained stable.

The province has had nearly 40,000 cases of COVID-19 and 2,784 deaths.

In Quebec, the government plans to have students return to classrooms at the end of the month, but some parents want schools to offer an option for online learning.

WATCH | Parents and public health agencies concerned about back-to-school safety:

 
As Ontario parents continue to press the government for stronger safety measures when schools reopen, public health agencies are making statements that seem to reinforce the parents' arguments. 1:53

Others are asking for smaller class sizes, additional safeguards to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak and more details about Quebec's plan should an outbreak occur.

A petition asking the government to revise its plan had garnered more than 16,700 signatures by Saturday afternoon.

Quebec added 126 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday for a total of 60,367 cases, with five new deaths for a total of 5,692 deaths.

On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Montreal to protest against the Quebec government's mandatory mask regulations.

Here's what's happening around the world

According to Johns Hopkins University, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases tops 19.6 million and more than 727,000 people have died. The United States has had the most cases, with 5,000,603 as of Sunday morning, followed by Brazil with more than three million and India with more than 2.1 million.

India's Health Ministry on Sunday recorded nearly 64,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. At least 628,747 patients are still undergoing treatment. India also recorded 861 fatalities, driving the death toll to 43,379.

The Indian Medical Association said 196 doctors have died of COVID-19 so far and, in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requested adequate care for physicians and their families.

 
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A health worker collects a swab sample from a man as people outside wait for their test results for COVID-19 at a school in Mumbai, India, on Saturday. (Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters)

India has been posting an average of about 50,000 new cases a day since mid-June and has the third-highest caseload in the world after the U.S. and Brazil. It has the fifth-most deaths, but its fatality rate of about two per cent is far lower than the top two hardest-hit countries.

Even as India has maintained comparatively low mortality rates, the disease has spread widely across the country.

Brazil surpassed a grim milestone on Saturday — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease.

The country has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May, and 905 were recorded in the latest 24-hour period to put Brazil above 100,000. The Health Ministry also said there have been a total of 3,012,412 confirmed infections.

 
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The totals are second only to the United States. And experts believe both Brazil numbers are severe undercounts due to insufficient testing.

Australia's second-most populous state, Victoria, reported its deadliest day of the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, with 17 people dying, as police thwarted a planned anti-mask rally in the capital of Melbourne.

Victoria, at the centre of a second wave of infections, reported 394 cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, compared with a daily average of 400 to 500 over the past week. The new deaths bring the state's total to 210.

The southeastern state, with infections concentrated in Melbourne, accounts for a lion's share of the national tally of more than 21,000 and 295 deaths.

 
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A man is detained by police in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Protesters faced fines and arrest for breaching the chief health officer's directives as Victoria works to contain COVID-19 transmissions, under stricter lockdown measures introduced Aug. 2. (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Premier Daniel Andrews said more than 2,700 active cases have no known source and remain the primary concern of health authorities.

In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Victoria has imposed a night curfew, tightened restrictions on people's daily movements and ordered large parts of the economy to close.

Earlier in the day, police thwarted a planned anti-mask rally dubbed "Freedom Day Celebration" in Melbourne, arresting seven people and issuing 27 fines.

New Zealand is marking its 100th day since stamping out the community transmission of COVID-19. Life has returned to normal for many people in the South Pacific nation of five million, as they attend rugby games at packed stadiums and sit down in bars and restaurants without the fear of getting infected.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's leadership has been widely praised, but the country's international tourism industry has collapsed, and the island nation remains more isolated from the outside world than before.

In the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government has a moral duty to ensure children return to school next month. Most pupils have been out of the classroom since the U.K. went into lockdown in March, though some primary-age children have returned.

 
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A protester holds up signs during a demonstration protesting the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis in London on Saturday. (Simon Dawson/Dawson)

Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Johnson said "keeping our schools closed a moment longer than absolutely necessary is socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible."

Britain's official death toll from the coronavirus is more than 46,500, the highest in Europe.

Scientists say the U.K. may have reached the limit of how much it can relax lockdown restrictions without causing a new surge in coronavirus infections. They say some things may have to close — even the country's beloved pubs — so that schools can reopen fully.

Most U.K. schools start the new term in early September, but those in Scotland begin to reopen this week.

With files from The Associated Press and CBC News

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Here are the countries that have so far confirmed coronavirus cases:

United States - 5,017,150 cases, 162,635 deaths

Brazil - 3,012,412 cases, 100,477 deaths

India - 2,153,010 cases, 43,379 deaths

Russia - 880,563 cases, 14,827 deaths

South Africa - 553,188 cases, 10,210 deaths

Mexico - 475,902 cases, 52,006 deaths

Peru - 463,875 cases, 20,649 deaths

Colombia - 376,870 cases, 12,540 deaths

Chile - 371,023 cases, 10,011 deaths

Iran - 324,692 cases, 18,264 deaths

Spain - 314,362 cases, 28,752 deaths

United Kingdom - 311,461 cases, 46,652 deaths

Saudi Arabia - 287,262 cases, 3,130 deaths

Pakistan - 283,487 cases, 6,068 deaths

Bangladesh - 255,113 cases, 3,365 deaths

Italy - 250,103 cases, 35,203 deaths

Argentina - 241,811 cases, 4,523 deaths

Turkey - 239,622 cases, 5,829 deaths

France - 235,277 cases, 30,328 deaths

Germany - 216,903 cases, 9,201 deaths

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Iraq - 147,389 cases, 5,310 deaths

Philippines - 126,885 cases, 2,209 deaths

Indonesia - 123,503 cases, 5,658 deaths

Canada - 121,149 cases, 9,025 deaths

Qatar - 112,650 cases, 182 deaths

Kazakhstan - 98,701 cases, 1,058 deaths

Egypt - 95,314 cases, 4,992 deaths

Ecuador - 93,572 cases, 5,916 deaths

Bolivia - 89,055 cases, 3,587 deaths

China - 88,677 cases, 4,681 deaths

Israel - 82,324 cases, 593 deaths

Sweden - 82,323 cases, 5,766 deaths

Ukraine - 81,534 cases, 1,906 deaths

Oman - 81,357 cases, 509 deaths

Dominican Republic - 78,778 cases, 1,289 deaths

Panama - 73,651 cases, 1,609 deaths

Belgium - 73,401 cases, 9,870 deaths

Kuwait - 71,199 cases, 474 deaths

Belarus - 68,738 cases, 585 deaths

United Arab Emirates - 62,300 cases, 356 deaths

Romania - 60,623 cases, 2,659 deaths

Netherlands - 58,717 cases, 6,180 deaths

Guatemala - 56,189 cases, 2,197 deaths

Singapore - 54,929 cases, 27 deaths

Portugal - 52,537 cases, 1,750 deaths

Poland - 51,167 cases, 1,800 deaths

Japan - 47,342 cases, 1,042 deaths

Honduras - 46,973 cases, 1,476 deaths

Nigeria - 46,140 cases, 942 deaths

Bahrain - 43,629 cases, 161 deaths

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Ghana - 40,533 cases, 206 deaths

Armenia - 40,185 cases, 785 deaths

Kyrgyzstan - 39,571 cases, 1,459 deaths

Afghanistan - 37,054 cases, 1,312 deaths

Switzerland - 36,451 cases, 1,986 deaths

Algeria - 34,693 cases, 1,293 deaths

Azerbaijan - 33,481 cases, 488 deaths

Morocco - 32,007 cases, 480 deaths

Uzbekistan - 29,652 cases, 187 deaths

Serbia - 27,863 cases, 632 deaths

Moldova - 27,443 cases, 841 deaths

Ireland - 26,644 cases, 1,772 deaths

Kenya - 25,837 cases, 418 deaths

Venezuela - 24,961 cases, 215 deaths

Costa Rica - 22,802 cases, 228 deaths

Nepal - 22,592 cases, 73 deaths

Ethiopia - 22,253 cases, 390 deaths

Austria - 21,919 cases, 721 deaths

Australia - 21,112 cases, 296 deaths

El Salvador - 19,978 cases, 536 deaths

Czech Republic - 18,235 cases, 390 deaths

Cameroon - 18,042 cases, 395 deaths

Cote d'Ivoire - 16,620 cases, 104 deaths

Denmark - 14,751 cases, 617 deaths

Korea, South - 14,598 cases, 305 deaths

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Palestine - 13,928 cases, 96 deaths

Bosnia and Herzegovina - 13,687 cases, 394 deaths

Bulgaria - 13,343 cases, 445 deaths

Madagascar - 12,922 cases, 141 deaths

Sudan - 11,894 cases, 773 deaths

North Macedonia - 11,754 cases, 523 deaths

Senegal - 11,003 cases, 229 deaths

Kosovo - 9,869 cases, 303 deaths

Norway - 9,599 cases, 256 deaths

Democratic Republic of the Congo - 9,436 cases, 218 deaths

Malaysia - 9,070 cases, 125 deaths

Gabon - 7,923 cases, 51 deaths

Zambia - 7,903 cases, 203 deaths

Guinea - 7,875 cases, 50 deaths

Tajikistan - 7,706 cases, 62 deaths

Haiti - 7,611 cases, 182 deaths

Finland - 7,568 cases, 331 deaths

Luxembourg - 7,169 cases, 120 deaths

Paraguay - 6,705 cases, 72 deaths

Mauritania - 6,510 cases, 157 deaths

Albania - 6,275 cases, 193 deaths

Lebanon - 6,223 cases, 78 deaths

Croatia - 5,543 cases, 157 deaths

Greece - 5,421 cases, 211 deaths

Djibouti - 5,338 cases, 59 deaths

Libya - 5,232 cases, 113 deaths

Maldives - 4,898 cases, 19 deaths

Equatorial Guinea - 4,821 cases, 83 deaths

Hungary - 4,653 cases, 602 deaths

Central African Republic - 4,641 cases, 59 deaths

Malawi - 4,624 cases, 143 deaths

Zimbabwe - 4,575 cases, 102 deaths

Nicaragua - 3,902 cases, 123 deaths

Congo - 3,664 cases, 58 deaths

Montenegro - 3,588 cases, 62 deaths

Thailand - 3,348 cases, 58 deaths

Somalia - 3,227 cases, 93 deaths

Eswatini - 3,128 cases, 56 deaths

Cuba - 2,888 cases, 88 deaths

Sri Lanka - 2,841 cases, 11 deaths

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Cape Verde - 2,835 cases, 32 deaths

Namibia - 2,802 cases, 16 deaths

Slovakia - 2,566 cases, 31 deaths

Mali - 2,565 cases, 125 deaths

South Sudan - 2,463 cases, 47 deaths

Suriname - 2,306 cases, 29 deaths

Slovenia - 2,247 cases, 126 deaths

Mozambique - 2,241 cases, 16 deaths

Lithuania - 2,231 cases, 81 deaths

Estonia - 2,147 cases, 69 deaths

Rwanda - 2,134 cases, 6 deaths

Guinea-Bissau - 2,052 cases, 29 deaths

Iceland - 1,955 cases, 10 deaths

Benin - 1,936 cases, 38 deaths

Sierra Leone - 1,895 cases, 68 deaths

Yemen - 1,797 cases, 512 deaths

Tunisia - 1,678 cases, 51 deaths

Angola - 1,572 cases, 70 deaths

New Zealand - 1,569 cases, 22 deaths

Uruguay - 1,335 cases, 37 deaths

Latvia - 1,288 cases, 32 deaths

Uganda - 1,267 cases, 6 deaths

Jordan - 1,246 cases, 11 deaths

Liberia - 1,234 cases, 79 deaths

Cyprus - 1,233 cases, 19 deaths

Georgia - 1,216 cases, 17 deaths

Burkina Faso - 1,175 cases, 54 deaths

Niger - 1,157 cases, 69 deaths

Syria - 1,125 cases, 50 deaths

Gambia - 1,090 cases, 19 deaths

Togo - 1,046 cases, 23 deaths

Malta - 1,035 cases, 9 deaths

Jamaica - 1,003 cases, 13 deaths

Andorra - 955 cases, 52 deaths

How can people protect themselves

Chad - 942 cases, 76 deaths

Bahamas - 878 cases, 14 deaths

Sao Tome and Principe - 878 cases, 15 deaths

Vietnam - 812 cases, 10 deaths

Botswana - 804 cases, 2 deaths

Lesotho - 742 cases, 23 deaths

San Marino - 699 cases, 42 deaths

Guyana - 554 cases, 22 deaths

Tanzania - 509 cases, 21 deaths

Taiwan - 479 cases, 7 deaths

Burundi - 405 cases, 1 death

Comoros - 399 cases, 7 deaths

Burma - 359 cases, 6 deaths

Mauritius - 344 cases, 10 deaths

Mongolia - 293 cases, 0 deaths

Eritrea - 285 cases, 0 deaths

Trinidad and Tobago - 275 cases, 8 deaths

Cambodia - 248 cases, 0 deaths

Papua New Guinea - 188 cases, 3 deaths

Belize - 146 cases, 2 deaths

Brunei - 142 cases, 3 deaths

Barbados - 138 cases, 7 deaths

Monaco - 131 cases, 4 deaths

Seychelles - 126 cases, 0 deaths

Bhutan - 108 cases, 0 deaths

Antigua and Barbuda - 92 cases, 3 deaths

Liechtenstein - 89 cases, 2 deaths

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - 56 cases, 0 deaths

Fiji - 27 cases, 1 death

Saint Lucia - 25 cases, 0 deaths

Timor-Leste - 25 cases, 0 deaths

Grenada - 24 cases, 0 deaths

Laos - 20 cases, 0 deaths

Dominica - 18 cases, 0 deaths

Saint Kitts and Nevis - 17 cases, 0 deaths

Holy See - 12 cases, 0 deaths

Western Sahara - 10 cases, 1 death

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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Could be back to a total lockdown...

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/09/900675086/a-national-lockdown-could-be-the-economys-best-hope-says-minneapolis-fed-president

Kashkari says lockdowns were having a positive effect during the spring. The problem, he told NPR's All Things Considered on Sunday, is that "we threw in the towel before the health officials had actually gotten control of the virus."

Giving up too early cost the economy, says Kashkari. What the country needs now, he says, is "a more stringent, uniform lockdown state-by-state" until the virus can be brought under control. "Then we can return to normal economic activity with more confidence."

On the economic argument for a more strict lockdown

The economic argument is what we're doing right now isn't working. We did a modest lockdown and then we let up far too quickly according to the public health experts, and now our economy is only very slowly recovering. Many people feel scared to go back into restaurants, so restaurants can't return to normal.

We're not really going to be able to return to a robust economy until we get control of the virus, and at 50,000 cases a day it's spreading like wildfire throughout the country. So unfortunately, yes, a lockdown for six weeks would impose short term pain, but I believe we as a country can afford to support Americans through that short term lockdown so then we can reopen and have a vigorous economy, have kids returning to school.

I want us to get back to a robust economy as quickly as possible. This is much faster than allowing the virus to spread uncontrolled.

On the concern that increasing federal unemployment benefits will wrack up federal debt

Well one of the things that has happened in this recession that is unlike any recession in modern times, our savings rate has taken off. It's really curious. Those of us, like me, who have been able to keep our jobs, we're actually saving more money because we're not going out to restaurants or movies or on vacations. So the personal savings rates soared from about 8% to 20%.

The way it works is that money then gets put in the bank, or put into a money market fund, and those resources are available so that when the government runs deficits, it doesn't have to borrow as much from abroad because we're generating savings domestically. It is much safer for a country to fund its own government deficits from its own people than it is to borrow from abroad.

So it turns out, we can actually fund the additional unemployment benefits, for example, or additional support to small businesses from our own domestic resources. That is much, much better than having to borrow it from abroad. So this recession is very unique in how we've shut down part of the economy because it's also generating savings that can support the workers who are most affected. I know it's complicated, but this is a unique moment when the traditional concerns about government deficits, debt to GDP, do not apply.

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Global coronavirus cases top 20M as Russia approves vaccine

By NICOLE WINFIELD, ELAINE KURTENBACH and MARK STEVENSON2 hours ago
 
 
 

ROME (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil, as Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a vaccine against the virus.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that one of his two adult daughters had already been inoculated with the cleared vaccine, which he described as effective. “She’s feeling well and has a high number of antibodies,” Putin said.

Russia has reported more than 890,000 cases, the fourth-highest total in the world, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally that also showed total confirmed cases globally surpassing 20 million.

It took six months or so to get to 10 million cases after the virus first appeared in central China late last year. It took just over six weeks for that number to double.

An AP analysis of data through Aug. 9 showed the U.S., India and Brazil together accounted for nearly two-thirds of all reported infections since the world hit 15 million coronavirus cases on July 22.

Health officials believe the actual number of people infected with the virus is much higher than the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, given testing limitations and that as many as 40% of those with the virus show no symptoms.

As a result, the race to develop and deliver a vaccine has topped the global health care and geopolitical agenda, even as the United Nations has warned that any vaccine must be safe and made available to all, not just the wealthy.

Putin said the Russian vaccine underwent the necessary tests and offered a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. But scientists at home and abroad have warned that rushing to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials — which normally last for months and involve thousands of people — could backfire.

“The point is not to be first with a vaccine,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday during a visit to Taiwan when asked about the Russian vaccine. “The point is to have a vaccine that is safe and effective for the American people and the people of the world.”

The U.S. has a half-dozen vaccine candidates under development, China has begun inoculations with an experimental vaccine and European countries have several trials underway.

In Europe, countries that appeared to have gotten their outbreaks under control during nationwide lockdowns and lifted many public restrictions worked to prevent a resurgence of the virus. Finland joined France and Germany in announcing it would test travelers from at-risk countries upon arrival.

Spain, which along with Italy was hardest hit when the virus first exploded on the continent, now has the most confirmed cases in western Europe at nearly 323,000. The number of new cases has risen steadily in Spain since its strict, three-month lockdown ended on June 21, reaching 1,486 on Monday.

In Greece, which imposed strict lockdown measures early and kept its reported cases low during the height of the European epidemic, the government announced new measures Monday to prevent an outbreak. It ordered bars, restaurants and cafes in several regions to shut between midnight and 7 a.m.

Outside Europe, infection rates are exponentially higher.

The number of new cases reported daily continues to rise in India, hitting a rolling seven-day average of 58,768. In the U.S., which so far has more than 5 million confirmed cases, the daily average has decreased since July 22nd, but remains high at over 53,000.

South Africa has more than a half-million cases. In the country with the world’s largest number of HIV-positive people, the virus has disrupted the supply of antiretroviral drugs that a United Nations agency says could lead to 500,000 additional AIDS-related deaths.

In the 45 days it took reported coronavirus cases worldwide to double to 20 million, the number of reported virus deaths climbed to 736,191 from 499,506, according to the Johns Hopkins count, an average of more than 5,200 a day.

About one-fifth of reported deaths, or more than 163,000, have been in the U.S., the most in the world.

Caseloads are still rising quickly in many other countries, including Indonesia and Japan.

In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, like Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump, seldom wears a mask and has resisted calls for a strict lockdown, saying Mexicans should be persuaded to observe social distancing, not forced to do so by police or fines.

With nearly 500,000 cases and more than 50,300 deaths, Mexico has struggled with how to curb outbreaks given that just over half its people work off the books with no benefits or unemployment insurance.

A full lockdown would prove too costly for people with little savings and tenuous daily incomes, said Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell, the president’s point man on the epidemic.

“We do not want a solution that would, in social terms, be more costly than the disease itself,” he said.

Mexico’s relatively high death rate results partly from the country having one of the world’s highest rates of obesity and diabetes. There has also been relatively little testing. Of all tests done, 47% are positive, suggesting that only seriously ill people are getting tests. That has hindered contract tracing.

India reported 53,601 new cases Tuesday as its count of total infections neared 2.3 million. Its reported case mortality rate, at 2%, is much lower than in the U.S. and Brazil.

Vietnam went from having reported no confirmed deaths and very few cases to battling fresh outbreaks that emerged in the seaside city of Danang.

New Zealand, which has been praised for quickly getting the virus under control, on Tuesday reported the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source.

Meanwhile, outbreaks in mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong declined, with the number of new community infections in China falling to 13, all in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. Hong Kong counted 69 new cases.

Border closures, masks, lockdowns and infection data are now the new way of life for much of the world, not the politically combustible topics they are in the U.S.

A review by the Kaiser Health News service and The Associated Press found that at least 49 state and local public health leaders have resigned, retired or been fired since April across 23 states. The list has grown by more than 20 people since the AP and KHN started keeping track in June.

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Kurtenbach reported from Mito, Japan. Stevenson reported from Mexico City. Associated Press journalist Nicky Forster in New York contributed to this report, as did other AP journalists from around the world.

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Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

Nick Perry Published Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:23AM EDTLast Updated Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:30AM EDT
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FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.

Ardern said Auckland, the nation's largest city, will be moved to Alert Level 3 from midday Wednesday through midnight Friday, meaning that people will be asked to stay at home, while bars and many other businesses will be closed.

"These three days will give us time to assess the situation, gather information, make sure we have widespread contact tracing so we can find out more about how this case arose and make decisions about how to respond to it once we have further information," Ardern said at a hastily called news conference late Tuesday.

"I know that this information will be very difficult to receive," Ardern said. "We had all hoped not to find ourselves in this position again. But we had also prepared for it. And as a team, we have also been here before."

She said that travelling into Auckland will be banned unless people live there and are travelling home.

She said the rest of the country will be raised to Level 2 through Friday, meaning that mass gatherings will be limited to 100 attendees and people would need to socially distance themselves from each other.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the infections were confirmed after a person in their 50s went to their doctor on Monday with symptoms and was swabbed twice, testing positive both times. Six other people in the person's household were then tested, with three more positive results.

"Importantly, the person has no history of overseas travel," Bloomfield said, adding that the source of the infections remains unknown.

Until Tuesday, the only known cases of the virus in New Zealand were 22 travellers who had recently returned from abroad and were being held in quarantine at the border.

The country has been praised globally for its virus response.

New Zealand initially got rid of the virus by imposing a strict lockdown in late March when only about 100 people had tested positive for the disease. That stopped its spread.

Life had returned to normal for many people in the South Pacific nation of 5 million, as they attended rugby games at packed stadiums and sat down in bars and restaurants without fear of getting infected. But some had warned that the country had become complacent.

New Zealanders have never routinely worn masks, but authorities have been urging people to buy them just in case.

The outbreak comes less than six weeks before New Zealanders are due to go to the polls in a general election.

 
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Statistical manipulation that even JT would be proud of. If you contracted Covid in the nursing home (as a result of the State's incompetence) but were transported to hospital prior to dying, you are not part of the nursing home scandal. Scandals within scandals now so it must be a Russian thing and that makes it Trump's fault.

New York's true nursing home coronavirus death toll cloaked in secrecy

The state's count includes only residents who died from coronavirus on nursing home property

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Coronavirus in Europe: Infections surge in France, Germany and Spain

A traveller gets her swab sample collected in a Covid-19 walk-in test centre in Cologne, Germany, 08 August 2020.Image copyrightEPA Image captionGermany has recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in more than three months

Germany has recorded its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases in more than three months as European countries struggle to curb a surge in infections.

More than 1,200 cases were reported in Germany in the past 24 hours. Officials said the rise was due, in part, to people returning from holidays.

It came as Germany warned against non-essential trips to parts of Spain.

Meanwhile, France had 2,524 new cases in 24 hours, the highest daily rise since its lockdown was lifted in May.

The German foreign ministry said it had added a partial travel warning to the Spanish capital Madrid and the Basque region on Tuesday amid rising infections there. Warnings were already in place for the regions of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarra.

Germany has recorded more than 9,000 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began.

A 'critical moment' for Spain

Spain is facing the worst coronavirus infection rate in Western Europe. It recorded 1,418 new infections in its latest daily count on Tuesday and said there were 675 "active outbreaks" in the country.

Salvador Macip, an expert in health sciences at Catalonia's Open University, told AFP news agency the country was at a "critical moment".

 
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"We are right at a point where things can get better or worse. This means we have to pull out all the stops to curb outbreaks before they become more serious," he said.

In total, Spain has recorded more than 326,000 cases - the highest number in Western Europe and the 11th highest in the world.

Mask-wearing compulsory in Brussels

Wearing a face mask became compulsory in all public areas in Brussels on Wednesday amid a rise in cases.

The order applies to those aged 12 and above. People were previously only required to wear masks in crowded public spaces and enclosed areas of the Belgian capital, such as shopping centres.

Authorities said the enhanced rules were introduced because of a rise in infections, with Brussels recording an average of 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day over the past week.

Police checks are being ramped up to ensure that people follow the new rules.

The mask-wearing regulation is one of the strictest currently in place in Europe.

Belgium has recorded more than 75,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 9,800 deaths, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University.

Paris cancels rescheduled marathon

This year's Paris marathon has been cancelled as France battles a spike in coronavirus cases, organisers said on Wednesday.

The marathon was originally due to take place on 5 April but was then postponed to 15 November because of the pandemic.

Organisers said they had "tried everything to maintain the event" but felt "obliged" to call it off.

"There will be great disappointment among those who have sacrificed time training for what had become an autumn marathon," they said.

Organisers are now working on the 2021 marathon.

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The announcement came after Paris became the latest French city to make face masks compulsory in busy outdoor areas. Face masks were already compulsory nationwide in enclosed public spaces.

A government spokesman on Wednesday said France would gradually ramp up police checks to ensure that people were respecting social distancing and wearing masks where required.

"We're at a tipping point... We're going to mobilise polices forces to make checks," Gabriel Attal told journalists.

France has now recorded a total of 206,696 cases of the virus.

Greece records its highest daily rise

On Wednesday Greece reported 262 new cases of coronavirus, its highest daily tally since the start of the pandemic.

The country has now had 216 deaths and 6,177 cases in total.

As a result of the increase in infections in recent weeks, authorities have introduced a curfew for restaurants and bars in some of the country's top tourist destinations - despite this being the peak of the tourism season.

They have also enforced restrictions on arrivals from several EU countries and Balkans nations.

 
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OTTAWA -- Canadian and U.S. officials have agreed to keep the border between the two countries closed to non-essential travel for another month. This comes as both countries are still working to stop the spread of COVID-19, and as tensions continue to flare between Canadians and prospective American visitors.

The current extension of the cross-border agreement expires on August 21, though as the spread of COVID-19 continues in both countries, the restrictions on recreational travel will remain in place until at least Sept. 21. The ban on discretionary travel was first introduced in March and has been extended each month since.

“We are extending the reciprocal restrictions at the Canada-US border for another 30 days, till Sept. 21, 2020. We will continue to do what’s necessary to keep our communities safe,” tweeted Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.  

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COVID-19 'peaks and valleys' expected until 2022: new modelling

Sarah TurnbullCTVNews.ca Producer

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Published Friday, August 14, 2020 1:01PM EDT
 

OTTAWA -- Canada’s top public health officials are preparing for a "peak" of COVID-19 cases in the fall and localized outbreaks until at least January 2022, new modelling data shows.

The report underlines that officials are aiming for a "slow burn" scenario, “keeping case rates low and within the health and public health system’s capacity to manage,” but are preparing for a worst-case scenario which shows a surge of cases when flu season approaches and then ongoing "peaks and valleys" for the next several years.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said this projection is subject to change depending on Canadians’ behaviour.

"Everything is sort of in our hands, so the sort of day-by-day, week-by-week monitoring of how well we control things right now will sort of determine the actual outcome. So even the short-term forecasts are subject fluctuations that you’re seeing now so really the take home message is that the fate is still within our hands and what we do now will influence the probability, if you like, of that fall peak," she said during a press briefing in Ottawa on Friday.

She said she is encouraging hospitals and other health-care facilities to implement emergency plans in case of a fall spike, potentially even greater than the first wave of cases in Canada.

"This isn’t taking into account the fact that the most vulnerable populations, including long-term care and seniors, is where a lot of efforts have to be pulled together. Having learned what we learned in that initial wave, we don’t want to exceed the capacity of those parts of society," said Tam.

The modelling also shows the rate of infections has hit young adults between the ages of 20 and 39 the hardest since early July, reflecting regional trends reported over the past several weeks.

hile the severity of illness among this age group remains low, Tam said young people are not "immune" to infection and more spikes in cases are likely if Canadians don’t remain vigilant.

Tam partially attributed the trend to the reopening of certain facilities like bars and restaurants and general crowded indoor settings, where physical distancing isn’t possible.

"Following the reopening of social and economic spaces, a smaller number of outbreaks continue to be reported in a wider range of social settings, including food and drink establishments, private gatherings, and parties," she said.

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COVID-19 first appeared in a group of Chinese miners in 2012, scientists say

The coronavirus may not have originated at a Wuhan wet market last year but 1,000 miles away in 2012 — deep in a Chinese mineshaft where workers came down with a mysterious, pneumonia-like illness after being exposed to bats.

Virologist Jonathan Latham and molecular biologist Allison Wilson, both of the non-profit Bioscience Resource Project in Ithaca, arrived at their finding after translating a 66-page master’s thesis from the Chinese medical doctor who treated the miners and sent their tissue samples to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for testing.

“The evidence it contains has led us to reconsider everything we thought we knew about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Latham and Wilson wrote in an article published July 15 on their website, “Independent Science News.”

Latham told The Post that the coronavirus “almost certainly escaped” from the Wuhan lab.

In April 2012, six miners in the Mojiang mine in southwestern China’s Yunnan province fell ill after spending more than 14 days removing bat feces. Three eventually died.

In his thesis, the physician Li Xu, who treated the miners, describes how the patients had a high fever, a dry cough, sore limbs and, in some cases, headaches — all symptoms now associated with COVID-19, said Latham and Wilson.

How the miners were treated — for example, with ventilation and a variety of drugs including steroids, blood thinners and antibiotics — also resembles how COVID-19 patients are being treated worldwide, they said.

After conducting multiple tests for hepatitis, dengue fever and even HIV, the doctor consulted with various specialists throughout China, including virologist Zhong Nanshan, an international hero who managed the SARS outbreak in 2003 and is considered the country’s greatest scientist.

“The remote meeting with Zhong Nanshan is significant,” Latham and Wilson said. “It implies that the illnesses of the six miners were of high concern and, second, that a SARS-like coronavirus was considered a likely cause.”

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The doctor also sent sample tissues from the miners to the Wuhan lab, a focal point of coronavirus research in China. There, scientists found the source of infection was a SARS-like coronavirus from a Chinese rufous horseshoe bat, according to the thesis.

Latham and Wilson believe the virus — once inside the miners — “evolved” into SARS CoV-2, “an unusually pathogenic coronavirus highly adapted to humans,” and the samples somehow escaped from the lab last year, launching what has morphed into the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York scientists labeled their COVID-19 origins hypothesis “the Mojiang Miners Passage”; “passaging” is a virologic term for adapting viruses to new species, they said.

Although scientists at the Wuhan lab had collected coronavirus samples from bats at the same mine, they missed the 2012 connection, Latham told The Post.

In fact, Shi Zhengli, a virologist at the Wuhan lab who is known as “the batwoman” for her extensive research into bat-derived coronaviruses, told Scientific American in June that the miners had died from a fungal infection, “although it would have been only a matter of time before they caught the coronaviruses if the mine had not been promptly shut,” the magazine reported.

“The mine shaft stunk like hell,” Shi told the magazine. “Bat guano, covered in fungus, littered the cave.”

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Reaction to the Latham-Wilson finding has been gradually gaining positive reviews from the scientific community in the US.  Renowned American geneticist and molecular engineer George Church shared their work on Twitter in July. The tweet garnered 304 retweets and 403 likes. Stuart Newman, a leading expert on cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College in Westchester called it “the best sourced explanation yet of the origins of #SARSCoV2” in a July 19 tweet about the report.

“We feel that it’s being circulated underground in the scientific community,” Latham said. “People think it has merit, but they are reluctant to go public because the coronavirus has become very politicized.”

Chinese officials claim the coronavirus, which has infected more than 19 million worldwide and killed nearly 800,000, originated in Wuhan in December, when it crossed the species barrier from animals on sale at the Huanan seafood market.

But many scientists still question the infection’s origins, especially after the market was cleaned up and shut down by government officials almost as soon as the pandemic began to spread.

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MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the successful development of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine, which was rigorously tested on his political opponents and journalists.

All three phases of clinical trials have now been completed thanks to a number of oligarchs convicted in show trails, LGBT activists under house arrest, and disloyal state governors.

“Anti-corruption protesters generously donated their blood livers for vaccine research,” explained Putin. “Our scientists have successfully used pre-existing research on anti-war demonstrators to develop an Ebola vaccine, so we were halfway there.”

Russia is expected to begin a country-wide vaccination campaign, which is expected to inoculate and/or kill millions.

Test subjects were reported to be happy and healthy, though some side-effects included leaping out of seven-storey windows.

The Russian leader said that the country would be willing to share the vaccine with the US so long as Donald Trump is re-elected.

 
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Malaysia Detects New Coronavirus Strain 'DG14G' Which is 'Ten Times' Deadlier

A new strain of the novel coronavirus called 'D614G', deemed ten times deadlier, has been detected in Malaysia, said Director General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah in a Facebook post on Saturday.

The mutation has been spotted in three cases from a cluster which started when a restaurant owner and permanent resident returned to the country from India. It has also been detected in another cluster case which started from an individual who returned from the Philippines.

Abdullah said that the strain could mean that existing studies on vaccines might be incomplete or ineffective against the mutation.

"So far these two clusters are controlled due to the fast-paced public health control actions on the field. This test is an early test and there are several follow-up tests in progress to test several other cases, including index cases for both these clusters," Abdullah said,

Abdullah said that this meant people needed to be more aware and careful in the country. The mutation infects other individuals 10 times more and spreads more easily by an individual 'super spreader', he said.

He said that Malaysia's main action was to secure public health, and asked people to practice Covid-19 norms strictly, such as practicing good self-hygiene and wearing protective clothes in public places.

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So structured quarantine did not work (evidently not thought out) but does our voluntary quarantine work?

Victoria Covid-19: Almost all cases linked to quarantine hotels

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Almost all current cases of Covid-19 in Victoria, Australia, can be linked to returned travellers quarantined in the state, an inquiry has heard.

The inquiry also heard guards at quarantine hotels were given "inappropriate" training advice.

Australian media report that guards were told masks and other protection would not be necessary, as long as they adhered to 1.5m social distancing.

Victoria is currently in lockdown because of a second wave of infections.

Stricter "stage four" restrictions were put in place in the city of Melbourne on 2 August for six weeks.

On Monday, Victoria recorded 25 more deaths and 282 new cases of the virus, making it the state's deadliest single day since the start of the pandemic.

At the end of March, Australia's federal government said everyone returning to the country from abroad would need to enter mandatory quarantine programmes, which would be run by individual states.

   

Prof Ben Howden, director of the Melbourne-based infectious diseases centre Doherty Institute, told the inquiry into Victoria's hotel quarantine system that genomic sequencing data suggested that at least 99% of cases at the end of July could be traced to people who had returned after travelling abroad.

However, he did not specifically link the cases to people in these programmes or to any particular hotels.

The sequencing looked at 46% of the state's cases up to 23 July, he said, adding that they were "incredibly confident about the accuracy of that clustering".

Barrister Tony Neal QC said the inquiry would aim to determine how the programme was structured and who was ultimately responsible for running it, as well as what improvements could be made for future quarantine programmes.

The quarantine programme "fell short of its goal" of preventing the spread of Covid-19, and for some people in quarantine it was "not clear who was in overall command of the operation", Mr Neal said.

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God will protect us’: Alberta prayer event now linked to at least 17 COVID-19 cases
 

 

In the weeks leading up to a prayer event on his family farm in Deadwood, Alta., evangelist Chris Lindberg acknowledged he wasn’t sure if he would go ahead with the gathering this summer due to COVID-19 concerns.

But ultimately, “the Lord has spoken to me,” he said in a Facebook video. There’s never been a more pivotal moment for Christians and concerned citizens to see a “move of God on this land.”

“I know that God will protect us and use us to shake this nation.”

On Monday, health officials in Northern B.C. issued an alert saying they had linked 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases to the It Is Time Canada event, held near the hamlet in northwestern Alberta, from July 30 to Aug. 2. Twelve of the cases were due to attendance at the event, while the remaining five were believed to be from secondary exposures.

Another two dozen individuals have been identified as “close contacts” and are in self-isolation with daily monitoring by public health officials.

The majority of these cases are said to be in the Fort St. John area, “however the exposure alert applies to all of Northeast B.C.,” the alert said.

“Individuals who attended the It Is Time Canada event in Deadwood, Alberta, between July 30 and August 2, are asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, and self-isolate and seek testing if they begin to exhibit symptoms. Contact tracing and testing has also identified that some individuals may be at risk of secondary transmission, from contact with cases related to attendance at the event.”

Lindberg did not immediately respond to the Star’s requests for comment. But in a Facebook post Aug. 9, he acknowledged that “a few people” who were at the event had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

“They did not have the symptoms when they were at the event. … I do believe it was an incredible time that we had and keep praying in faith with us that nothing will take away from all that God did.”

Three days later, on Aug. 12, Lindberg posted a video saying he had tested positive for the virus.

“It is true. There was some COVID that happened. You’re looking at a guy right now that has COVID. I am diagnosed with COVID. And I am in quarantine here until the 17th of August. I thank god I don’t know of anyone else in this area that’s got COVID.”

He went on to say that he and his family have been “pushing through” and getting farm equipment ready.

“Really we haven’t had a day off.”

Alberta health officials said they planned to release additional information Monday afternoon.

Lindberg had posted a COVID-19 action plan before the event, which was held underneath a large tent. It said attendees would be screened for symptoms before entry; physical distancing would be reinforced; sanitizer would be available throughout the venue; and food servers would wear masks and gloves. Attendance for the event was capped at 100.

Lindberg describes himself online as a successful farmer and evangelist. “He enjoys ministering abroad, but has a vision to see his own homeland on fire for Jesus. It has been on his heart for several years to host gospel meetings on his farm and praise God, it is now a reality!”

On July 29, the day before the event, Lindberg posted a video saying that a tornado had recently come through the area.

“It really feels like the devil is trying to stop this event,” he said. “We’ve had so much challenges with the event this year. But I also believe with all my heart God has called us to do it and it’s going to be one of the most impacting most powerful events that I’ve been involved with. … It’s going to take more than that for the devil to stop us.”

Douglas Quan is a Vancouver-based reporter for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @dougquan

 

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5 hours ago, Jaydee said:

“I know that God will protect us and use us to shake this nation.”

Now all we need is the same level of outrage that's projected on fake christians to be applied to fake news and violent thugs doing violent things under the guise of peaceful protest. For those who don't have a log in their own eyes, it's pretty easy to see.

Only when idiots are disavowed is there room for reasonable people to have parley about reasonable things and develop reasonable courses of action.... I don't see that happening. People seem to enjoy the fringe element antics too much to get on with the grunt. By the time they recognize that they are diverted by diversions it will be too late. Always the way and no amount of warnings or historical perspectives will deter them from this brand of insanity; it's addictive for them... a bit like catnip. 

So, I recommend Orville Redenbacher's extra buttery microwave popcorn, your favourite scotch, a 5000 watt generator, 30 chickens in the freezer and cold storage for your garden produce. People want this... I say give to em and enjoy the show. Doesn't bother me a bit, my concern is for those in need of the protection they won't be getting, and I sense they are enjoying this too much to even deserve the level of consideration I previously afforded them.

May liberal values be enjoyed by all, I'll pass.

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20 hours ago, deicer said:

I wonder if anyone can piece together that the same entity he asks to get rid of it, is the entity that created it.  That entity is trying very hard to erradicate humans from the planet.  he will succeed

 

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Go Canada!  We're doing it right!

https://www.freshdaily.ca/news/2020/08/canadas-economy-growing-twice-fast-us-because-better-response-covid-19/

Canadians have a lot to be proud of when it comes to our COVID-19 response. 

Not only has Canada slowed its daily number of new cases to less than 500, but the economy is also on the mend. In fact, it is growing almost twice as fast as the U.S.'s economy.

According to forecasts by Canada's six largest banks, the country's economy is set to grow by 36 per cent this quarter compared to an estimated 20 per cent in the United States.

➡️ Canada's economic growth to outpace the US
➡️ Canada’s economy is set to grow at 36% in the third quarter, compared to 20% for the US

Sumit Chaturvedi (@joinsumit) tells you more pic.twitter.com/qgIeAh27es

— WION (@WIONews) August 20, 2020

On top of that, in July, Canada's economic activity recovered to about 95 per cent of pre-pandemic levels thanks to a surge in employment, housing sales and credit card spending, BMO Capital Markets said. 

"The phased reopening of the Canadian economy, combined with its lower starting point due to stricter public health measures, will mean a more vigorous bounce-back in Canada," Matthieu Arseneau, deputy chief economist at National Bank Financial, told Reuters.

Canada's provinces began slowly re-opening their economies in stages back in May. The federal government also announced over $300 billion in wage subsidies, income support and more.

"The extraordinary amount of fiscal support that has been put in place has laid the foundation for the recovery that we’re starting to see toward the end of (quarter two) and that we think is continuing in (quarter three),” Josh Nye, senior economist at Royal Bank of Canada, added.

While Canada's coronavirus cases have significantly decreased from a peak in May of about 1,800, our neighbours to the south have seen a huge spike that has caused many states to put the re-opening of their economies on hold.

To date, the U.S. has upwards of 5.5 million COVID-19 cases while Canada has about 123,000. 

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