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Ontario facing ‘remarkably high surge’ of cases

Reuters

Ontario could reach 1000 new COVID-19 cases per day in the first half of October, according to new projections released on Wednesday that showed Canada’s most populous province on a trajectory similar to the hard-hit Australian state of Victoria.

The projections do not consider the impact of modest new restrictions introduced earlier in September and come on a day when the province reported 625 new cases.

A graph of projected cases in the modelling showed Ontario beginning to track the case spike in Victoria, which declared a state of disaster and imposed a curfew and strict movement restrictions on August 1.

“We are starting to see that sharp upward curve,” Adalsteinn Brown, dean of the University of Toronto’s school of public health, said at a news briefing with provincial officials, noting that cases are doubling every 10 to 12 days.

Brown warned of “a remarkably high surge, unless public health measures and adherence to public health measures start to damp down that transmission”.

Pelosi and Mnuchin plan last-ditch meeting on virus relief

AP

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin planned to meet face to face for the first time in more than a month Wednesday in a last-ditch effort to seal a tentative accord on an additional round of coronavirus relief.

The Democratic-controlled House, meanwhile, moved on a separate track to overrun GOP opposition and pass a $US2.2 trillion COVID-19 rescue bill as one of their final acts before leaving Washington to campaign.

Pelosi and Mnuchin were scheduled to continue negotiations in hopes of a deal that would permit another round of $US1200 direct stimulus payments, restore bonus pandemic jobless benefits, speed aid to schools and extend assistance to airlines, restaurants and other struggling businesses.

“We’re going to give it one more serious try to get this done, and I think we’re hopeful that we can get something done,” Mnuchin said Wednesday morning on CNBC.

Wednesday afternoon’s meeting at the Capitol is supposed to feature a new Trump administration offer.

Mnuchin told CNBC that he expects the proposal to resemble a plan released a couple of weeks ago by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus that totalled about $US1.5 trillion — but was previously rejected by Pelosi and other top Democrats as inadequate.

Amstel Gold Race cancelled

AP

The only Dutch cycling classic, the Amstel Gold Race, has been cancelled due to the measures aimed at reining in the rapid spread of the coronavirus, organisers said Wednesday.

The Dutch government this week banned supporters at all sports events amid soaring rates of infections across the country.

The men’s and women’s Amstel Gold Races were to have been staged October 10 after being postponed from the spring racing season because of the pandemic.

Organisers already had planned to drastically change the event, limiting riders to racing around a 16.9-kilometre circuit in the hilly southern province of Limburg instead of around a longer route that passed through 10 different municipalities.

Despite the changes, local mayors and security officials came to the conclusion that they could not guarantee that no public would attend the popular race, race director Leo van Vliet said in a statement.

“It is extremely unpleasant for the organisation, which, together with the municipalities and the Safety Region, have done everything to ensure that the Amstel Gold Race proceeds safely,” said Jan Schrijen, mayor of the municipality of Valkenburg aan de Geul.

Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel won last year’s Amstel Gold Race.

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