4:15 a.m.: Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government is set to unveil its first pandemic-era budget today.
The province has said the budget will lay out the details of the next stage of its COVID-19 response.
That includes the new standard for long-term care announced earlier this week, which would see nursing home residents receive an average of four hours of direct care every day.
The Tories put off delivering a full fiscal plan earlier this year, citing the economic uncertainty caused by the global health crisis.
The fiscal update it gave in March instead initially included $17 billion in COVID-19 relief, though that projection was updated to $30 billion by the end of 2020-21.
The province also originally predicted a deficit of $20.5 billion, which was later raised to $38.5 billion because of the added spending.
4 a.m.: The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. EST on Nov. 5, 2020:
There are 248,218 confirmed cases in Canada.
_ Quebec: 109,918 confirmed (including 6,350 deaths, 94,101 resolved)
_ Ontario: 79,692 confirmed (including 3,182 deaths, 68,189 resolved)
_ Alberta: 30,447 confirmed (including 343 deaths, 23,874 resolved)
_ British Columbia: 16,135 confirmed (including 273 deaths, 12,659 resolved)
_ Manitoba: 6,751 confirmed (including 87 deaths, 2,892 resolved)
_ Saskatchewan: 3,408 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 2,584 resolved)
_ Nova Scotia: 1,118 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,034 resolved)
_ New Brunswick: 347 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 313 resolved)
_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 292 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 285 resolved)
_ Prince Edward Island: 64 confirmed (including 64 resolved)
_ Yukon: 23 confirmed (including 1 death, 20 resolved)
_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
_ Northwest Territories: 10 confirmed (including 9 resolved)
_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases
_ Total: 248,218 (0 presumptive, 248,218 confirmed including 10,336 deaths, 206,037 resolved)
2 a.m.: India’s coronavirus outbreak rose by more than 50,000 cases Thursday amid a surging third wave of infections in the capital.
The Health Ministry also reported another 704 fatalities in the past 24 hours across the country, raising India’s overall death toll to 124,315.
Nerves are frayed in New Delhi after it reported a record 6,842 new cases in the past 24 hours. Its Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, had admitted Wednesday that the city was going through a third wave of infections. It has more than 37,000 active cases.
In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:
— Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and four Cabinet ministers were in quarantine Thursday after they met with Hungary’s foreign minister the same day he tested positive for the coronavirus.
— China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders resident in Britain in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom. The suspension covers those holding visas or residence permits issued prior to Nov. 3, with exceptions for diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas.
Previously: The United States set another record for daily confirmed coronavirus cases as several states posted all-time highs.
Daily new confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged 45% over the past two weeks, to a record seven-day average of 86,352, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Deaths are also on the rise, up 15% to an average of 846 deaths every day.
The total U.S. death toll is already more than 232,000, and total confirmed U.S. cases have surpassed 9 million. Those are the highest totals in the world, and new infections are increasing in nearly every state.
Read Wednesday’s rolling file here.