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Coronavirus: What you need to know today

Diana Pereira, 680News and CityNews

Last Updated Apr 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm EDT

In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). THE CANADIAN PRESS/CDC via AP, File

It can be difficult to follow the latest developments in the rapidly-evolving battle to contain the novel coronavirus. Every day there’s a new barrage of headlines about the virus’ impact locally, and abroad. Health officials are routinely updating the public on new presumptive and confirmed cases, and world economies have been on a dizzying roller-coaster ride.

The latest on the coronavirus will be posted on this page every day. The compilation of stories will be updated frequently to help give you a one-stop spot for up-to-date and pertinent information. Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date. Click here to see an archive of all stories.

April 1 updates:

Quick facts:

  • Canada has 9,514 cases of the coronavirus in total — 2,392 of those cases are in Ontario. Of the 2,392 cases in Ontario, there have been 37 deaths and 689 people have recovered. There have been 107 deaths in Canada.
  • The number of cases in Ontario is listed on the Ontario government’s health page. (the page is updated once in the morning and once in the evening)
  • The number of global cases and cases in Canada, by province or territory, are listed on Canada’s public health page (the page is updated later in the day).
  • The World Health Organization has a daily report containing all the suspected and confirmed cases in the world (the report is released later in the day).


April 1 stories:

Ongoing stories:

Mapped: How many coronavirus cases are there in Ontario — and Canada?

  • We’ve mapped data on COVID-19 cases in Ontario, and across Canada. And, we want to know: what questions do you have about the pandemic?


What you need to know about the Quarantine Act

  • Canada is making unprecedented use of the federal Quarantine Act in a bid to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Coronavirus quarantine: what happens when you return from travelling?

  • Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Howard Njoo explain what happens when travellers return to the country, how they are assessed and how the quarantine order will be enforced.


COVID-19: Live coverage of coronavirus news from Toronto reporters

  • To stay up to date on the latest news regarding COVID-19, follow this page for live coverage from Toronto’s CityNews and 680 NEWS reporters.


Map of Ontario’s coronavirus assessment centres

  • Ontario has opened dozens of COVID-19 assessment centres in order to ease pressure on hospitals in some of the most affected areas.


Coronavirus FAQ: what it is, how it spreads and who to call

  • A quick look at the basics of what you should know about the virus, what to do in case of suspected infection and how to protect yourself.


What remains open during a state of emergency

  • A list of what’s been open and closed in Ontario due to the state of emergency.
  • Essential services will remain open.


COVID-19: What has been cancelled, suspended or postponed due to the coronavirus

  • A list of what’s been cancelled or closed in the GTA and beyond due to COVID-19.


How to self-isolate amid the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Some tips from Ontario Public Health on how to properly self-isolate.


Businesses providing free and discounted goods for health care workers

  • See some examples of several businesses stepping up to show their appreciation for essential workers through discounts and free items.


How to help Toronto & GTA hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic

  • As hospitals in Toronto & across the GTA try to cope with increased demand, a number of organizations are opening up emergency funds or running personal protective equipment (PPE) drives. Here’s a look at how you can help.


World statistics:

The World Health Organization releases a daily report containing all the suspected and confirmed cases in the world. See the chart below (report is from March 30).

WHO Situation report March 30, 2020 by CityNewsToronto on Scribd

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