KEY FACTS

  • 1:55 p.m. Quebec is reporting 1,333 new COVID-19 infections and 23 more deaths

  • 1:32 p.m. Yukon is offering extra help to tourism-dependent businesses struggling to survive

  • 1:17 a.m. Nunavut is to start lifting a two-week lockdown on Wednesday

  • 10:15 a.m. Ontario is reporting 1,746 cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths

  • 7:40 a.m. Moderna said it would ask U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use vaccine

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

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presents her fall economic statement in the House of Commons, followed by questions and comments from opposition MPs. This is the federal government’s first detailed fiscal update since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced a cancellation of the March 2020 budget presentation by Freeland’s predecessor Bill Morneau. This is also Freeland’s first fiscal update since becoming Canada’s first female federal finance minister.

3:20 p.m. Health Canada has confirmed that it should be ready to approve another vaccine for COVID-19 before the end of December.

Last week, Dr. Supriya Sharma, the chief medical adviser at Health Canada, said the emergency review of Pfizer’s vaccine was the most advanced and that Canada should be ready to greenlight it when the U.S. does.

That is expected to happen around Dec. 10.

Today, a spokesman said other vaccines should also be approved at the same time they are given emergency authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Moderna today applied for that U.S. approval and the FDA will meet Dec. 17 to consider it, a time frame Health Canada said Canada will also be on track to meet.

3:00 p.m. Toronto is reporting a high of 643 new COVID-19 cases today.

2:50 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is ramping up its traveller scrutiny as health officials announced one new case of COVID-19 Monday. The province pulled out of the so-called Atlantic bubble last week, closing travel to all non-residents except those arriving for purposes deemed essential.

Starting Tuesday, all essential travellers will have to submit a form and obtain a reference number to show border officials when they arrive.

The province has 36 active cases of COVID-19, including a travel-related case announced Monday, with 338 cases confirmed across the province since the onset of the pandemic.

New Brunswick reported six new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing its active case count to 120.

Five of the province’s six new cases are in the Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton regions, which remain under heightened public health restrictions including restricted travel and mandatory masks in public.

2:36 p.m. Turkey’s president on Monday announced the country’s most widespread lockdown so far amid a surge in COVID-19 infections, extending curfews to weeknights and putting a full lockdown in place over the weekends.

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a curfew would be implemented on weekdays between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am. He also announced total weekend lockdowns from 9:00 pm on Friday to 5:00 am on Monday.

With strong pressure from the medical community and the public, Turkey last week resumed reporting all positive tests for the virus, after releasing only the number of symptomatic cases for four months. That caused daily cases to shoot up to around 30,000 and put Turkey among the hardest-hit nations in Europe during the pandemic.

Read the full story here: Turkey toughens curfew measures amid coronavirus surge

2:30 p.m. Manitoba health officials are reporting 342 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths.

The government enacted strict measures on business openings and public gatherings more than two weeks ago, yet the test positivity rate remains at 13 per cent.

The province’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, says people have to reduce the number of contacts they have if the numbers are to come down.

2:14 p.m. Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he wants a clear delivery date for the province’s share of COVID-19 vaccines, stressing that “the clock is ticking” when it comes to fighting the novel coronavirus.

Ford says he’s been asking the federal government for clarity as to how much of what vaccine the province will receive and when, but hasn’t gotten the answers he needs.

The premier says he’s set to speak to Pfizer, one the drugmakers that has entered into an agreement with Canada, this afternoon but expects he will be told the information must come from Ottawa.

Ford says he keeps seeing reports that other countries, such as the United Kingdom, are on track to start COVID-19 immunizations soon, and Ontarians “need answers.”

Meanwhile, the American biotech company Moderna says the first 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to the United States next month.

Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces with the bulk of COVID-19 cases, reported 1,746 and 1,333 new infections today respectively, as well as eight and 23 new deaths related to the virus.

Out east, six new infections have been recorded in New Brunswick today, while Newfoundland and Labrador reported one.

On Sunday, the federal government announced it will extend a series of travel restrictions meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 into January, in light of the steady rise in case counts across the country.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu said in a statement the measures, which were first enacted near the start of the global health crisis, would be in effect until Jan. 21, 2021 for travellers entering Canada from a country other than the United States.

1:55 p.m. Quebec is reporting 1,333 new COVID-19 infections and 23 more deaths linked to the coronavirus.

The province’s Health Department says there are 693 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 28 more than the previous day.

Ninety-four people are in intensive care, an increase of two.

Officials say eight deaths were recorded in the previous 24 hours, 14 others were from the last week and one occurred on an unknown date.

1:50 p.m. The COVID-19 pandemic and a resulting drop in commuter traffic is prompting another refund for Manitoba drivers.

The province says it plans to offer rebates of an average of $100 per policy-holder by early in the new year, subject to approval from the Public Utilities Board.

Another refund worth an average of $150 was offered earlier this year.

The province says a sharp drop in traffic has resulted in fewer collision claims to Crown-owned Manitoba Public Insurance.

1:45 p.m. Public Heath officials in New Brunswick are reporting six new cases of COVID-19.

There are two cases in the Moncton region, two in the Saint John region, one in the Bathurst region and one in the Fredericton region.

The total number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 501, including 374 recoveries and seven deaths.

The number of active cases is 120 with no one currently hospitalized due to the virus.

1:40 p.m. Public health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador reported one new case of COVID-19 today.

The woman is a close contact of a previously identified travel-related case.

Another infection announced Sunday has been found to be travel-related.

Newfoundland and Labrador now has 36 active cases of COVID-19, with 338 cases confirmed since the onset of the pandemic.

1:32 p.m. Yukon is offering extra help to tourism-dependent businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie McLean says $1 million will go to tourism operators and food and beverage businesses that rely on visitors for at least 60 per cent of their revenues.

McLean also announced a total of $300,000 for culture and tourism non-profit organizations.

She says the two newly created programs are part of a broader funding package for the Yukon tourism industry that will roll out over three years.

1:17 a.m. Nunavut is to start lifting a two-week lockdown on Wednesday as more people infected with COVID-19 recover.

The lockdown that shuttered all schools and non-essential businesses was put in place on Nov. 18 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that first appeared in the territory early this month.

Dr. Michael Patterson, chief public health officer, says 73 people have recovered from COVID-19 and 108 cases remain active.

Patterson says only Arviat, which has 86 active cases, will remain in lockdown for at least another two weeks and travel to the community will still be restricted.

In all other parts of the territory schools can open part time.

Patterson warns that if another outbreak occurs, restrictions will be reintroduced.

Four new cases were reported Monday to bring Nunavut’s total to 181.

12:55 p.m. Quebec health officials say air quality tests conducted in long-term-care homes and hospitals earlier this month revealed satisfactory readings.

The results come as an expert panel examines the link between air quality and COVID-19 spread, with particular attention to schools and health-care facilities.

Health Minister Christian Dube says an analysis of carbon dioxide levels was done at his request and took place between Nov. 19 and 23 in about 70 establishments, mostly in the Quebec City area and in central Quebec.

CO2 levels are considered a good indicator of ventilation efficiency.

Quebec today reported 1,333 new COVID-19 infections and 23 additional deaths linked to the novel, along with an increase in hospitalizations and patients in intensive care.

Montreal led the way, reporting 400 new confirmed infections, followed by the Monteregie, the greater Quebec City region, Saguenay Lac-St-Jean and Lanaudiere.

12 p.m. The number of new COVID-19 cases in public schools across Ontario has jumped by 102, to a total of 1185 in the last two weeks.

In its latest data released Monday morning, the province reported 86 more students were infected for a total of 939 in the last two weeks; since school began there have been a total of 2855.

The data shows there are 15 more staff members for a total of 208 in the last two weeks — and an overall total of 630.

The latest report also shows that there is one new unidentified case for a total of 38 in that category — and an overall total of 1089.

There are 670 schools with a reported case, which the province notes is about 14 per cent of the 4,828 public schools in Ontario.

There are no schools currently closed.

The Toronto District School Board updates its information on current COVID-19 cases throughout the day on its website. As of 10:45 a.m Monday, there were 216 TDSB schools with at least one active case — 357 students and 69 staff.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board also updates its information on its website. As of Monday at 10:45 a.m., there were 75 schools with at least one active COVID-19 case, with 124 students and 31 staff infected.

11:01 a.m. A spike in COVID-19 cases in Durham Region is being driven by a large outbreak in a Whitby nursing home, which has reported 86 new cases in the past week.

According to data released by the Durham Region Health Department, an outbreak at Sunnycrest Nursing Home was first reported on Nov. 23. By the end of the week, the nursing home was reporting 16 cases, but that number jumped dramatically with 70 new positive cases reported on Nov. 28.

One person is in hospital, 84 people are isolating and one case is resolved. The majority of the people impacted by the outbreak are seniors, with 26 people 90 and older and 25 people in their 80s among the cases.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, Sunnycrest is a 136-bed facility.

This is already the fourth largest outbreak at a long-term-care home in Durham since the beginning of the pandemic.

11 a.m. With nothing on their agendas for months to come, music festival organizers in Belgium want to use their know-how to help the country’s coronavirus vaccination campaign.

The Belgian government has set a goal of vaccinating about 70 per cent of the country’s population, about 8 million people, when approved COVID-19 vaccination shots become available.

As the vaccines are expected to arrive in multi-dose vials for shots to be administered all on the same day, Belgium health authorities are planning to vaccinate people in groups as much as possible. The task will pose many logistical challenges, including the creation of vaccination centres that festival organizers say they can help set up.

Enjoying a strong reputation in the music world, Belgian festival experts have proven experience in both building huge pop-up structures and in crowd management.

With the music industry hit hard by the pandemic’s economic, several festivals in the French-speaking region of Wallonia and the Brussels area have created a federation to better defend their interests. They have a large network of technicians who are currently unemployed and are ready to help out.

“Our sector has been at a standstill for many months, and our many staff are eager to bring their creativity and dedication to the fight against coronavirus,” said federation president Damien Dufrasne.

One of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, Belgium has reported some 577,000 confirmed cases and more than 16,500 deaths linked to the virus.

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said COVID-19 vaccinations could start in the European Union’s 27 nations before the end of December. The commission, the EU’s executive arm, has agreements with six potential vaccine suppliers and is working on a seventh contract. The deals allow it to purchase over 1.2 billion doses, more than double the population of the EU.

10:15 a.m. (will be updated) Ontario is reporting 1,746 new cases of COVID-19. Eight more people have died due to the virus in the province.

Tougher public health restrictions under the provincial framework take effect in five regions today, with Windsor-Essex moving to the strictest level short of a lockdown.

Haldimand-Norfolk is moving to the orange level, while Hastings Prince Edward, Lambton and Northwestern are going into the yellow level.

10:10 a.m. On Dec. 31, China reported a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin to the World Health Organization. By Jan. 31, WHO declared an outbreak of a novel coronavirus a global health emergency. Come March 11, the world was facing down the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents sat children down to explain what a pandemic is. Related terms usually restricted to medicine and science stormed into everyday conversation. Over time, we were pandemic baking and pandemic dating and rescuing pandemic puppies from shelters.

All of which led Dictionary.com on Monday to declare “pandemic” its 2020 word of the year.

Searches on the site for the word spiked more than 13,500 per cent on March 11, senior research editor John Kelly told The Associated Press in an interview ahead of the announcement.

“That’s massive, but even more telling is how high it has sustained significant search volumes throughout the entire year. Month over month, it was over 1,000{d9cf345e272ccae06ddf47bdd1d417e7fd8f81a9d196cc6ace4cb20fad8f4c22} higher than usual. For about half the year, it was in the top 10 per cent of all our lookups.”

Another dictionary, Merriam-Webster, also selected pandemic as its word of the year earlier Monday.

10 a.m. Peel Police and bylaw officers broke up a gathering of about 60 people inside a Mississauga Airbnb early Sunday morning, issuing $45,000 in fines to the hosts and party-goers.

“The incident took place in the city’s Eglinton Avenue West and Ridgeway Drive area,” Peel Police Media Officer Kyle Villers told the Star.

“Bylaw officers reached the Airbnb unit first and individuals were subsequently found fleeing when police arrived at the scene,” he added.

Deputy Peel Police Chief Marc Andrews tweeted that two “part-3” summons were handed out to the hosts, each entailing a minimum fine of $10,000. Additionally, 27 individuals were fined $880 each for violating continued regulations under the Ontario Reopening Act.

9:47 a.m. Stocks are falling in the early going on Wall Street as traders return from the Thanksgiving holiday, but major indexes are still on track for hefty monthly gains.

The S&P 500 slipped 0.3 per cent shortly after the opening bell Monday, weighed down by losses in energy companies and banks. The benchmark index is still on track to rise more than 10 per cent in November, which will be its biggest monthly gain since April and its second-biggest since 1987.

Moderna soared after saying it will seek emergency use of its coronavirus vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.

9:30 a.m. British singer Rita Ora apologized Monday for breaking lockdown rules by holding a birthday party, saying it was “a serious and inexcusable error of judgment.”

The Sun newspaper ran photos of Ora and others, including models Cara and Poppy Delevingne, arriving at the Casa Cruz restaurant in London’s Notting Hill area on Saturday.

Under lockdown rules that end Wednesday, all pubs and restaurants in England must close except for takeout and delivery, and people are barred from meeting indoors with members of other households.

Ora said on Instagram that she had held “a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.”

“It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK,” she wrote.

Ora, whose hits include “Anywhere” and “I Will Never Let You Down,” said she now realized “how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.”

8:37 a.m. Sixty-two confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been linked to an outbreak at a window manufacturing and installation facility in Vaughan, says York Regional Public Health.

According to a notice on their website posted Sunday, health officials were notified of a case at the facility on Nov. 10. Sixty-one related cases have been identified since.

In addition, there are five probable cases and one case under investigation. An on-site investigation was conducted, and additional cases and close contacts are currently being identified.

Of the 62 individuals, 28 are from Peel, 22 from Toronto, seven are from York Region, and five from Simcoe-Muskoka.

When asked what caused the spread, officials say that factors such as carpooling and socializing outside of work contributed.

This is the second outbreak at the same facility. An initial outbreak was declared on May 17 and lasted until July 6. A total of 17 cases were reported.

7:50 a.m. Charges were laid against 16 residents and businesses as part of the region’s COVID-19 enforcement blitz Sunday including the epicentre of 11 coronavirus cases across Toronto, York, Durham and Simcoe-Muskoka confirmed this past weekend.

TRIO Sportsplex in Vaughan — the indoor soccer facility linked to 11 cases of the virus — was among the 16 businesses issued charges under the provincial Reopening Ontario Act and Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Charges were also laid against LA Fitness in East Gwillimbury, St. Phillips Bakery in King and Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket.

Several locations in Markham were charged, including the McDonalds at 5225 Hwy. 7, the Foody Mart, Winco Food Mark and First Markham Place.

Big box retailers Costco and the 255 Silver Linden Drive location of Walmart in Richmond Hill also made the list.

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The Tim Hortons location at 1600 Steeles Avenue in Vaughan was also issued charges, as well as the Lowe’s location for the second time in two days.

On-going enforcement activities have resulted in 867 inspections, 32 charges and 1,151 compliance education activities since Friday, Nov. 27.

During inspections the enforcement task force conducted 267 compliance education activities, including 54 regarding physical distancing, 59 for face coverings, 99 for business regulations and 55 regarding gathering limits.

7:40 a.m. Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.

Multiple vaccine candidates must succeed for the world to stamp out the pandemic, which has been on the upswing in the U.S. and Europe. U.S. hospitals have been stretched to the limit as the nation has seen more than 160,000 new cases per day and more than 1,400 daily deaths. Since first emerging nearly a year ago in China, the virus has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide.

Moderna is just behind Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in seeking to begin vaccinations in the U.S. in December. Across the Atlantic, British regulators also are assessing the Pfizer shot and another from AstraZeneca.

Moderna created its shots with the U.S. National Institutes of Health and already had a hint they were working, but said it got the final needed results over the weekend that suggest the vaccine is more than 94 per cent effective.

7:36 a.m. Global shares turned lower on Monday as investors took a breather after pushing Wall Street to a record high last week on hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine.

U.S. shares were set to decline as Dow futures dropped 0.7 per cent, while S&P 500 futures fell 0.5 per cent. In Europe, France’s CAC 40 fell 0.5 per cent to 5,572, while Germany’s DAX was flat at 13,343. Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 0.2 per cent to 6,352.

Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at Axi, noted that despite ups and downs investors are looking toward the arrival of vaccines for a gradual return to business as usual.

“Vaccines offer the promise that the major disruptions of the pandemic will fade from the scene in 2021. Economic life will gradually heal; the world will start to move on from all the human suffering that the virus has wrought,” said Innes.

The economic outlook remains mixed, however. While the U.S. and Europe remained hobbled by high rates of infections, China’s economy is growing after it managed to rein in the pandemic. The purchasing managers’ index, or PMI, for China showed its manufacturing sector was growing.

7:25 a.m. Grocery clerk Rechev Browne is a pandemic hero, an essential worker who can’t afford to live in the city he serves.

He earns about $44,000 a year at an Etobicoke store.

Last December, Browne, 34, decided he could no longer afford to pay $1,150 a month to share a house with three other people. So he has moved back in with his mom in a two-bedroom apartment near Keele St. and Wilson Ave.

“It’s way cheaper for us this way,” he said.

But his 15-minute bike commute is now a 90-minute bus trip to work. When he boards the bus at 5 a.m., he says it is packed “like sardines” with people of colour — folks like him who can’t risk being late for work.

Read the full story from the Star’s Tess Kalinowski

7:12 a.m. A little over a year from now, the TTC hopes to start work on a massive transit project beneath the heart of downtown Toronto.

The expansion of Bloor-Yonge station will cost an estimated $1.5 billion, take seven years to complete and require building a new subway platform, elevators, and escalators at an underground transit hub surrounded by dense commercial real estate, all while regular train service continues to operate.

Before the pandemic, the urgent need to expand Bloor-Yonge was evident to anyone who stood on its Line 1 subway platform on a weekday morning, when crowds of downtown commuters could grow dangerously large.

But during the pandemic, those crowds have thinned dramatically. With downtown office towers largely vacant and employers contemplating a shift to work-from-home, when commuters will return to the transit network and in what volume is anyone’s guess. With so much uncertainty, is it time to rethink expensive transit projects that were planned based on pre-pandemic travel patterns?

Read the full story from the Star’s Ben Spurr

5:58 a.m.: Germany’s word of the year is — what else? — “corona pandemic.”

The Association for the German Language announced Monday that a jury chose “Corona-Pandemie” for this year’s honour. The group said that it “names THE dominant issue of almost the entire year.”

The runners-up were “Lockdown” and “Verschwoerungserzaehlung,” or “conspiracy story.” “Black Lives Matter” took fourth place.

Previous winners include “postfaktisch,” a reference to the rise of “post-truth” politics, in 2016; and “Heisszeit,” a play on the words for “hot” and “ice age,” to reflect concern over climate change in 2018.

Germany has recorded more than 1 million infections of the coronavirus since the pandemic began and is now in a second partial shutdown, but has been credited with handling the disease better than some other European countries.

5:58 a.m.: India has recorded 38,772 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, driving its overall total to 9.43 million.

The health ministry on Monday also reported 443 deaths in the same period, raising the death toll to 137,139.

India continues to have one of the lowest deaths per million population globally, the health ministry said in a statement. It also said that focused measures to ensure a low and manageable fatality rate have resulted in daily mortality figures of less than 500.

For more than three weeks now India’s single-day cases have remained below the 50,000 mark.

The capital, New Delhi, has also seen a dip in daily infections. It reported fewer than 5,000 new cases for the second consecutive day. On Sunday, it recorded 68 deaths, driving the capital’s total to 9,066.

India is second behind the U.S. in total coronavirus cases.

In an effort to slow the virus’s spread, the home ministry has allowed states to impose local restrictions such as night curfews but has asked them to consult before imposing lockdowns at state, district or city levels.

5:57 a.m.: India has recorded 38,772 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, driving its overall total to 9.43 million.

The health ministry on Monday also reported 443 deaths in the same period, raising the death toll to 137,139.

India continues to have one of the lowest deaths per million population globally, the health ministry said in a statement. It also said that focused measures to ensure a low and manageable fatality rate have resulted in daily mortality figures of less than 500.

For more than three weeks now India’s single-day cases have remained below the 50,000 mark.

The capital, New Delhi, has also seen a dip in daily infections. It reported fewer than 5,000 new cases for the second consecutive day. On Sunday, it recorded 68 deaths, driving the capital’s total to 9,066.

India is second behind the U.S. in total coronavirus cases.

In an effort to slow the virus’s spread, the home ministry has allowed states to impose local restrictions such as night curfews but has asked them to consult before imposing lockdowns at state, district or city levels.

5:56 a.m.: Counties across California will begin stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Monday as cases surge statewide and Thanksgiving travellers return home.

Health officials are preparing for a wave of cases in the next two or three weeks that could be tied to holiday gatherings.

Los Angeles County will impose a lockdown calling for its 10 million residents to stay home beginning Monday.

Santa Clara County is banning all high school, collegiate and professional sports and imposing a quarantine for those travelling into the region from more than 150 miles away.

San Francisco and San Mateo counties moved to the most restrictive purple tier in the state’s pandemic blueprint for the economy.

The state reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, citing the most recently available data from the previous day. More than 1,700 of those patients were in intensive care units. California’s previous record was 7,170 in July.

As of Sunday, California has had nearly 1.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 19,000 deaths since the pandemic began. The state reported around 15,600 new cases on Saturday.

5:52 a.m.: A new report on food bank use across Ontario shows there was a surge in demand for those services when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the province over the winter.

The latest study released today by Feed Ontario says the number of people accessing food banks had already gone up over the previous year when the global health crisis began, which exacerbated existing issues.

The organization included a special analysis of the impact of the pandemic alongside its usual report on annual food bank use, which gathers data from 130 member food banks and 1,100 affiliate agencies.

The annual report looks at data from April 2019 to this April, while the pandemic analysis covers data from 71 members and 339 affiliates between March 17 — when Ontario declared a health emergency — and September.

It says all food banks reported a significant increase in the number of first-time users in the first four months of the pandemic.

5:50 a.m.: Tougher COVID-19 restrictions are taking effect today in five Ontario regions in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

The provincial government announced last week it would move Windsor-Essex into the red alert level of its tiered framework, the strictest level short of a lockdown.

In that level, indoor dining at restaurants and bars is capped at 10 customers, while social gatherings must have fewer than five people indoors and 25 outdoors.

Meanwhile, Halidimand-Norfolk is shifting to the orange level, and three other regions — Hastings Prince Edward, Lambton and Northwestern — are going into the yellow level.

The province says the regions will stay in their new categories for at least 28 days, or two COVID-19 incubation periods, before a change is considered.

5:45 a.m.: A new program of voluntary COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic staff and students uncovered 19 additional cases at Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park Public School.

The elementary school was the first in the Toronto District School Board to take part in the provincial program, announced last Thursday by Education Minister Stephen Lecce.

An email sent Sunday to Thorncliffe parents said 19 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported — 18 of them children, one staff member — out of a total of 433 tests conducted Thursday and Friday.

That brings the total number of cases at the East York school to 21.

As of Sunday, 14 classes had been asked to self-isolate, and testing is expected to continue Monday.

Toronto Public Health told the board it does not believe the school needs to be shut down, given there is a higher percentage of cases in the surrounding community.

Read the full story from the Star’s Libaan Osman here.

4 a.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. EST on Nov. 30, 2020:

There are 370,238 confirmed cases in Canada.

– Quebec: 141,038 confirmed (including 7,033 deaths, 122,014 resolved)

– Ontario: 114,746 confirmed (including 3,648 deaths, 97,319 resolved)

– Alberta: 56,444 confirmed (including 533 deaths, 40,219 resolved)

– British Columbia: 30,884 confirmed (including 395 deaths, 21,304 resolved)

– Manitoba: 16,483 confirmed (including 301 deaths, 7,010 resolved)

– Saskatchewan: 8,239 confirmed (including 45 deaths, 4,589 resolved)

– Nova Scotia: 1,271 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,078 resolved)

– New Brunswick: 481 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 363 resolved)

– Newfoundland and Labrador: 333 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 297 resolved)

– Nunavut: 177 confirmed (including 65 resolved)

– Prince Edward Island: 72 confirmed (including 68 resolved)

– Yukon: 42 confirmed (including 1 death, 29 resolved)

– Northwest Territories: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

– Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

Total: 370,238 (0 presumptive, 370,238 confirmed including 12,032 deaths, 294,383 resolved)

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