Today’s coronavirus news: Poll finds support for masks in Grade 1 when Ontario schools reopen; Canada’s ventilator supply increases ahead of potential surge

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.5:25 p.m.: Ontarians prefer a combination of in-school and at-home learning for students and want kids to start wearing masks in class starting in Grade 1, a new poll for the Star has found.Some 37 per cent of those surveyed last week by Campaign Research say they are very or somewhat confident in a safe return to school if kids attend full-time, with 57 per cent somewhat unconfident or not at all.And when it comes to masks — which the province has mandated for students in Grades 4 and up — more than a third of those surveyed felt children should don them starting in Grade 1, or when they are six years old.Read the full story from the Star’s Kristin Rushowy here5 p.m.: Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has announced his government is delaying the date students will return to classes by a few days, and that an extra $40 million will be spent on keeping students and school staff safe from COVID-19.Moe says students will begin classes on Sept. 8, the Tuesday after Labour Day, in order to give teachers and school staff a bit more time to prepare their classrooms and common areas for a safe return.Read the full story here3 p.m.: Brazil, where 105,000 people have died from COVID-19, has emerged as a vital player in global efforts to end the pandemic. Three of the most promising and advanced vaccine studies in the world are relying on scientists and volunteers in Brazil, according to a World Health Organization report.The Butantan Institute is partnering with China’s Sinovac on one vaccine that has reached the third stage of research, during which potential vaccines are tested on 9,000 people. Some 5,000 Brazilians have also been recruited to support a trial by AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company in partnership with Oxford University. An additional 1,000 volunteers in Brazil were recruited to test a vaccine developed by New York-based Pfizer.Researchers need countries with large enough outbreaks to assess whether a vaccine will work. Some volunteers are given the potential vaccine while others are given a placebo, but they have to be in a place where enough of the virus is circulating to test its efficacy.2:30 p.m.: Quebec is reporting 80 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. The number of hospitalizations dropped by two to 149. Of those, the number in intensive care remained unchanged at 25.1:01 p.m.: Health authorities in New Brunswick are reporting four new cases of COVID-19 in the province.The province’s health department says two cases involve people in their 40s in the Moncton area and are related to international travel.The other two cases are in the Fredericton area and involve children under the age of 10, contacts of a previously announced infection.12:12 p.m.: Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait.With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football teams charging ahead with plans to play, Texas leaders who grappled with testing shortages for much of the pandemic are now facing the opposite problem: not enough takers.“We’re not having enough people step forward,” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said.The number of coronavirus tests being done each day in Texas has dropped by the thousands in August, mirroring nationwide trends that has seen daily testing averages in the U.S. fall nearly 9% since the end of July, according to The COVID Tracking Project. The problem is dwindling demand: Testing centres like CentroMed are no longer inundated by long lines that stretch for blocks, or closing hours early because tests run out.12:11 p.m.: Nova Scotia is reporting two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to three.The province said Saturday that the two new cases were identified on Friday and are in the northern zone of the province.They are in addition to another case in the same region announced one day earlier.10:56 a.m.: Ontario is reporting 106 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death related to the virus.The total number of cases now stands at 40,565, which includes 2,789 deaths and 36,783 cases marked as resolved.The number of new cases narrowly outpaced the number of cases newly marked as resolved in Saturday’s report.7 a.m.: Cases of COVID-19 in reopened schools are inevitable, say Toronto public health officials, who are cautioning parents not to expect a shutdown of the entire school whenever a student or staff member tests positive.“We expect to get cases related to schools,” said Dr. Vinita Dubey, the city’s associate medical officer of health, adding Toronto Public Health will take a “conservative” approach in how it handles cases in schools to ensure the risk of transmission is li

Today’s coronavirus news: Poll finds support for masks in Grade 1 when Ontario schools reopen; Canada’s ventilator supply increases ahead of potential surge

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

5:25 p.m.: Ontarians prefer a combination of in-school and at-home learning for students and want kids to start wearing masks in class starting in Grade 1, a new poll for the Star has found.

Some 37 per cent of those surveyed last week by Campaign Research say they are very or somewhat confident in a safe return to school if kids attend full-time, with 57 per cent somewhat unconfident or not at all.

And when it comes to masks — which the province has mandated for students in Grades 4 and up — more than a third of those surveyed felt children should don them starting in Grade 1, or when they are six years old.

Read the full story from the Star’s Kristin Rushowy here

5 p.m.: Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has announced his government is delaying the date students will return to classes by a few days, and that an extra $40 million will be spent on keeping students and school staff safe from COVID-19.

Moe says students will begin classes on Sept. 8, the Tuesday after Labour Day, in order to give teachers and school staff a bit more time to prepare their classrooms and common areas for a safe return.

Read the full story here

3 p.m.: Brazil, where 105,000 people have died from COVID-19, has emerged as a vital player in global efforts to end the pandemic. Three of the most promising and advanced vaccine studies in the world are relying on scientists and volunteers in Brazil, according to a World Health Organization report.

The Butantan Institute is partnering with China’s Sinovac on one vaccine that has reached the third stage of research, during which potential vaccines are tested on 9,000 people. Some 5,000 Brazilians have also been recruited to support a trial by AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company in partnership with Oxford University. An additional 1,000 volunteers in Brazil were recruited to test a vaccine developed by New York-based Pfizer.

Researchers need countries with large enough outbreaks to assess whether a vaccine will work. Some volunteers are given the potential vaccine while others are given a placebo, but they have to be in a place where enough of the virus is circulating to test its efficacy.

2:30 p.m.: Quebec is reporting 80 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. The number of hospitalizations dropped by two to 149. Of those, the number in intensive care remained unchanged at 25.

1:01 p.m.: Health authorities in New Brunswick are reporting four new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

The province’s health department says two cases involve people in their 40s in the Moncton area and are related to international travel.

The other two cases are in the Fredericton area and involve children under the age of 10, contacts of a previously announced infection.

12:12 p.m.: Anyone can get a coronavirus test at the CentroMed clinic in San Antonio, but on a recent day, the drive-thru was empty. Finally two masked people in a maroon SUV pulled straight on through with no wait.

With hundreds of deaths reported each day, students returning to class and football teams charging ahead with plans to play, Texas leaders who grappled with testing shortages for much of the pandemic are now facing the opposite problem: not enough takers.

“We’re not having enough people step forward,” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said.

The number of coronavirus tests being done each day in Texas has dropped by the thousands in August, mirroring nationwide trends that has seen daily testing averages in the U.S. fall nearly 9% since the end of July, according to The COVID Tracking Project. The problem is dwindling demand: Testing centres like CentroMed are no longer inundated by long lines that stretch for blocks, or closing hours early because tests run out.

12:11 p.m.: Nova Scotia is reporting two additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to three.

The province said Saturday that the two new cases were identified on Friday and are in the northern zone of the province.

They are in addition to another case in the same region announced one day earlier.

10:56 a.m.: Ontario is reporting 106 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death related to the virus.

The total number of cases now stands at 40,565, which includes 2,789 deaths and 36,783 cases marked as resolved.

The number of new cases narrowly outpaced the number of cases newly marked as resolved in Saturday’s report.

7 a.m.: Cases of COVID-19 in reopened schools are inevitable, say Toronto public health officials, who are cautioning parents not to expect a shutdown of the entire school whenever a student or staff member tests positive.

“We expect to get cases related to schools,” said Dr. Vinita Dubey, the city’s associate medical officer of health, adding Toronto Public Health will take a “conservative” approach in how it handles cases in schools to ensure the risk of transmission is limited.

While TPH and school officials will be tasked with preventing the spread of COVID-19 when hundreds of thousands of children return to school in September, how those efforts will be communicated to the wider school community and the broader public is not yet clear.

Read the full story from the Star’s Jennifer Pagliaro here.

6:23 a.m.: Thousands of British tourists beat a hasty retreat from France, packing out planes, trains and ferries to return to the U.K. by the early hours of Saturday morning to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home.

On Friday, many British travellers in the country opted to cut short their vacations to meet the 4 a.m. Saturday deadline that had only been announced the night before. Anyone arriving back from France from Saturday must stay at home for two weeks to make sure they cannot spread the coronavirus beyond their households if they have become infected.

The exodus was prompted late Thursday when the British government took France off a list of nations exempt from traveller quarantine requirements because of a sharp rise in new coronavirus infections there.

6:16 a.m.: Only a small fraction of the 40,000 new ventilators Canada ordered for hospitals last spring have been delivered, but several companies involved say their production lines will start delivering the products faster in the next few weeks.

The promise of new arrivals comes as Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, warned Friday that a fall surge of COVID-19 cases could overwhelm the health-care system, including its supply of critical care beds and ventilators.

“What we know based on what we learned from other countries and cities that had a devastating impact in that initial wave, if you exceeded that capacity the mortality goes up really, really high,” she said.

5:52 a.m.: South Korea on Saturday announced stronger social distancing restrictions for its greater capital area where a surge in COVID-19 cases has threatened to erase the hard-won gains against the virus.

The two-week measures starting Sunday will allow authorities in Seoul and towns in neighbouring Gyeonggi Province to shut down high-risk facilities such as nightclubs, karaoke rooms, movie theatres and buffet restaurants if they fail to properly enforce preventive measures, including distancing, temperatures checks, keeping customer lists and requiring masks.

5:52 a.m.: India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 2.5 million with another biggest single-day spike of 65,002 in the past 24 hours. India is behind the United States and Brazil in the number of cases.

The Health Ministry on Saturday also reported another 996 deaths for a total of 49,036. The average daily reported cases jumped from around 15,000 in the first week of July to more than 50,000 at the beginning of August. The Health Ministry said the rise shows the extent of testing with 800,000 carried out in a single day. But experts say India needs to pursue testing more vigorously.

India’s two-month lockdown imposed nationwide in late March kept infections low. But it has eased and is now largely being enforced in high-risk areas. The new cases spiked after India reopened shops and manufacturing and allowed hundreds of thousands of migrant workers to return to their homes from coronavirus-hit regions. Subways, schools and movie theatres remain closed.

5:52 a.m.: China’s government reported 22 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday. Eight were acquired locally, including seven in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, the National Health Commission reported. The rest were found in travellers who arrived from abroad.

The raised the number of confirmed cases on China’s mainland, where the pandemic began in December, to 84,808, with 4,634 deaths.

4:01 a.m.: Plans are being made across the country for how to safely send students back to school in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Click here to read what the various provinces have said about getting kids back to classes.

10:33 p.m. Friday: The Canadian Armed Forces says minor problems remain in some Ontario long-term care homes they were deployed to earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic.

But critics say this does not mean the homes have a clean bill of health.

The military’s concerns outlined in a report dated Aug. 4 and released Friday include worker skills and standards of practice in the seven nursing homes.

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Masks in Grade 1. Smaller classes. Combo learning. New poll taps into what Ontario families want when schools reopen

Ontarians prefer a combination of in-school and at-home learning for students and want kids to start wearing masks in class starting in Grade 1, a new poll for the Star has found.Some 37 per cent of those surveyed last week by Campaign Research say they are very or somewhat confident in a safe return to school if kids attend full-time, with 57 per cent somewhat unconfident or not at all.And when it comes to masks — which the province has mandated for students in Grades 4 and up — more than a third of those surveyed felt children should don them starting in Grade 1, or when they are six years old.“That is something that was a surprise to me — I thought maybe Grade 4 or Grade 5,” said Campaign Research principal Nick Kouvalis. “I was surprised to see that plurality at Grade 1 ... people picked the lowest grade because they want to be careful.”The public “is just cautiously optimistic that things can go back to normal,” but wants to proceed slowly, he added.More than 50 per cent of those surveyed said classes should have 15 students or fewer, with less than a third thinking 15 to 20 is best. Just seven per cent felt classes of 20 or more were appropriate.The province has come under considerable criticism for not limiting class sizes in elementary schools, where some grades can see up to 30 kids in a room. In response, Education Minister Stephen Lecce has announced funding to hire additional staff, and is now allowing boards to access more contingency funds as well, though boards say it’s not enough to get to 15.Campaign Research polled 1,031 people across the province last Monday to Thursday using Maru Blue’s online opt-in panel. For comparison purposes, a random sample of this size would have a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.When asked their preference for the fall, just 14 per cent of respondents opted for in-class learning, 19 per cent cited online learning, and 53 per cent said a mix of the two. That is similar to Campaign Research polling last month, Kouvalis noted.The hybrid learning model — which will be in place for high school students in large, urban boards only — had the strongest support in Simcoe and York Region, which includes Lecce’s riding.The public was also somewhat split on whether school boards had enough time to prepare for reopening amid COVID-19, with 38 per cent saying yes, 46 per cent responding no and 16 per cent unsure.Respondents also approved of the “quadmester” — or two courses at a time — for teens, with 52 per cent in support of that model and just 15 per cent disapproving. Some 33 per cent were unsure. The highest rate of non-confidence in a safe return to school full-time was found among respondents in the city of Toronto, and the lowest in Halton and Peel regions. Boards themselves have been surveying parents about their intentions, and say that while it’s early, it appears about one-quarter are opting for their kids to learn online at home.The poll also asked about post-secondary education, where there is a clear division of opinion on whether it is safe to reopen universities with in-person classes, with 36 per cent in favour, 36 per cent against and 28 per cent unsure.However, in Northern Ontario, almost half — or 47 per cent of those surveyed — felt in-person university courses were best.When it comes to opening up student residences, however, just 29 per cent of respondents across the province approved, with 45 per cent saying such a move was not safe. Kristin Rushowy is a Toronto-based reporter covering Ontario politics for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @krushowy

Masks in Grade 1. Smaller classes. Combo learning. New poll taps into what Ontario families want when schools reopen

Ontarians prefer a combination of in-school and at-home learning for students and want kids to start wearing masks in class starting in Grade 1, a new poll for the Star has found.

Some 37 per cent of those surveyed last week by Campaign Research say they are very or somewhat confident in a safe return to school if kids attend full-time, with 57 per cent somewhat unconfident or not at all.

And when it comes to masks — which the province has mandated for students in Grades 4 and up — more than a third of those surveyed felt children should don them starting in Grade 1, or when they are six years old.

“That is something that was a surprise to me — I thought maybe Grade 4 or Grade 5,” said Campaign Research principal Nick Kouvalis. “I was surprised to see that plurality at Grade 1 ... people picked the lowest grade because they want to be careful.”

The public “is just cautiously optimistic that things can go back to normal,” but wants to proceed slowly, he added.

More than 50 per cent of those surveyed said classes should have 15 students or fewer, with less than a third thinking 15 to 20 is best. Just seven per cent felt classes of 20 or more were appropriate.

The province has come under considerable criticism for not limiting class sizes in elementary schools, where some grades can see up to 30 kids in a room. In response, Education Minister Stephen Lecce has announced funding to hire additional staff, and is now allowing boards to access more contingency funds as well, though boards say it’s not enough to get to 15.

Campaign Research polled 1,031 people across the province last Monday to Thursday using Maru Blue’s online opt-in panel. For comparison purposes, a random sample of this size would have a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

When asked their preference for the fall, just 14 per cent of respondents opted for in-class learning, 19 per cent cited online learning, and 53 per cent said a mix of the two. That is similar to Campaign Research polling last month, Kouvalis noted.

The hybrid learning model — which will be in place for high school students in large, urban boards only — had the strongest support in Simcoe and York Region, which includes Lecce’s riding.

The public was also somewhat split on whether school boards had enough time to prepare for reopening amid COVID-19, with 38 per cent saying yes, 46 per cent responding no and 16 per cent unsure.

Respondents also approved of the “quadmester” — or two courses at a time — for teens, with 52 per cent in support of that model and just 15 per cent disapproving. Some 33 per cent were unsure.

The highest rate of non-confidence in a safe return to school full-time was found among respondents in the city of Toronto, and the lowest in Halton and Peel regions.

Boards themselves have been surveying parents about their intentions, and say that while it’s early, it appears about one-quarter are opting for their kids to learn online at home.

The poll also asked about post-secondary education, where there is a clear division of opinion on whether it is safe to reopen universities with in-person classes, with 36 per cent in favour, 36 per cent against and 28 per cent unsure.

However, in Northern Ontario, almost half — or 47 per cent of those surveyed — felt in-person university courses were best.

When it comes to opening up student residences, however, just 29 per cent of respondents across the province approved, with 45 per cent saying such a move was not safe.

Kristin Rushowy is a Toronto-based reporter covering Ontario politics for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @krushowy

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