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Coronavirus: What you need to know today

Last Updated Dec 2, 2020 at 10:07 pm EST

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.

December 2 updates:

Quick facts:

  • Canada has 383,468 cases of the novel coronavirus in total — 119,922 of those cases are in Ontario. Of those cases, there have been 3,698 deaths, and 101,698  people have recovered. There have been 12,211 deaths and 304,888 recoveries in Canada.


December 2 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.


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.


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?








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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