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Coronavirus: What you need to know today

Last Updated Aug 6, 2020 at 8:40 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.

August 6 updates:

Quick facts:

  • Canada has 118,458 cases of the coronavirus in total — 39,809 of those cases are in Ontario. Of the 39,809 cases in Ontario, there have been 2,783 deaths, and 35,906 people have recovered. There have been 8,964  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)
  • 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).


August 6 stories:


Ongoing stories:


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 releases a daily report containing all the suspected and confirmed cases in the world. See the chart below (report is from Aug. 6).

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