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Coronavirus: What you need to know today

Diana Pereira, 680News and CityNews

Last Updated Sep 28, 2020 at 8:30 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.

September 28 updates:

Quick facts:

  • Canada has 153,307 cases of the novel coronavirus in total — 50,531 of those cases are in Ontario. Of the 50,531 cases in Ontario, there have been 2,840 deaths, and 43,127 people have recovered. There have been 9,278 deaths and 132,606 recoveries in Canada.


September 28 stories:


Ongoing stories:


Back-to-school FAQ: Your questions answered

  • A health professional and an education expert answer some of your questions to help you navigate the “new normal” in schools.


The dates and staggered starts for all GTA schools

  • When does your child head back to school? A complete list of how and when each school plans to re-open.


Map of TDSB schools at high-risk for coronavirus

  • Toronto Public Health has identified at least 80 schools within the Toronto District School Board that are at high-risk for the spread of COVID-19 based on the neighbourhoods they are located in.


A list of what’s open: Tracking Ontario’s gradual reopening

  • During an unprecedented pandemic shutdown it’s hard enough to keep track of the day of the week, let alone the constantly-evolving details surrounding the gradual reopening of businesses and services.


Remembering the victims of COVID-19 in the GTHA

  • CityNews is remembering the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic through memories shared by their loved ones.


CORONAVIRUS: Ask Me Anything

  • CityNews and 680 NEWS bring you Q&A sessions with leading health experts and officials to answer your COVID-19 related questions.


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.


FAQ: Canada Emergency Response Benefit

  • In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant job losses and financial uncertainty for Canadians countrywide, the federal government announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Here’s everything you need to know about what it is, who qualifies, and how to apply.


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.


The coronavirus pandemic in Ontario, mapped

  • We’ve mapped out cases by city, as well as how people are contracting the disease, which age groups are hardest hit and where the infected travelled to.


Coronavirus map: Tracking the pandemic across Canada and the world

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


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.

More on coronavirus:









World statistics:

The World Health Organization (WHO) has an interactive dashboard here with the latest statistics from around the planet. They also have an interactive timeline on the history of the pandemic.


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