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Masks and gloves go in the garbage, York Region cities tell residents – Toronto

Several cities are urging residents to throw their disposable masks, gloves and wipes in the garbage, not the recycling bin.

York Region — which includes Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan — says residents have increasingly been putting those items in the recycling or the green bin since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

It says that can put frontline workers at a higher risk of getting and spreading the novel coronavirus.

Starting Monday, York Region says waste workers in those cities will not empty blue bins with those items and will place a warning sticker on them.

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Meanwhile, the City of Toronto has been asking residents since March to put tissues and paper towels in the garbage instead of the green bin, and says masks and gloves have always belonged in the garbage.

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Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region also say they’ve seen an increase in masks and gloves littering outdoor spaces and are urging people to place those items in the trash.

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Suki Waterhouse masks up for socially distant Milan Fashion Week

Suki Waterhouse looked stunning as she took on Milan (Picture: WireImage)

Milan Fashion Week is wildly different to normal this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Suki Waterhouse didn’t let it dull her glow in the slightest.

The model could be seen rocking a stunning monochrome look as she posed for cameras at the event.

The 28-year-old masked up as she socially distanced from other guests, including fashion influencer Olivia Palermo, rocking the one-colour look and natural makeup as she took in the sights.

Even at the end of the night, the star put us all to shame as she managed to stay glammed up as she left the event.

Suki has joined the likes of Irina Shayk, who was spotted posing for a photo shoot at the event, and Normal People star Paul Mescal, whose busy schedule hasn’t stopped, as he rocked up to Fashion Week after the Emmys earlier this month.

The Irish actor, who shot to fame playing Connell Waldron on Normal People, couldn’t exactly cosy up to other attendees at the show due to social distancing measures, but was pictured sitting front row to watch models like Yasmin Le Bon and Ashley Graham walk the runway.

Suki socially distanced from fellow stars including Olivia Palermo (Picture: David Fisher/REX)
She rocked a monochrome look (Picture: David Fisher/REX)

Suki has most recently been enjoying a romance with Robert Pattinson, with the pair seeming completely loved up.

They spent the coronavirus lockdown together, and were spotted running out for supplies, before they worked up a sweat on a jog through London a couple of months ago.

The star masked up (Picture: BACKGRID)
Safety came first (Picture: David Fisher/REX)

News they were dating first surfaced in May 2019, when Robert was cast in upcoming DC flick The Batman, and they seem to have been going strong ever since.

However, Robert is keen to keep his relationship private, telling the Sunday Times last year: ‘If you let people in, it devalues what love is.

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‘If a stranger on the street asked you about your relationship, you’d think it extremely rude. If you put up a wall it ends up better. I can’t understand how someone can walk down the street holding hands, and it’s the same as when I do it and a hundred people are taking your photo.

‘The line between when you’re performing and when you’re not will eventually get washed away and you’ll go completely mad.’

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Masks in Melbourne as Victoria coronavirus cases hit record: Live | News


  • The Australian state of Victoria has announced 484 new cases of coronavirus – a daily record – as it becomes mandatory for everyone in the state to wear masks when they leave their homes. 
  • From mask sceptic to champion of face coverings: After months of downplaying their use, United States President Donald Trump has told Americans to wear masks because “they have an impact”. He would “gladly” use one, he added.
  • More than 14.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, and nearly 616,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Here are the updates:

Wednesday, July 22

05:20 GMT – Some sense trouble as Japan launches domestic tourism campaign

Japan is preparing to launch a controversial domestic tourism campaign that some have dubbed “Go To Trouble”.

The “Go To Travel” initiative is supposed to boost the tourism industry with travel subsidies of up to 50 percent.

But as coronavirus cases surge, travel to and from Tokyo has been removed and politicians elsewhere want the campaign suspended for fear it will spread the virus around the country.

The public is also sceptical with a poll by the Mainichi newspaper showing 69 percent of respondents wanted it cancelled.

03:15 GMT – Australia’s Victoria reports another daily record of cases

The Australian state of Victoria has reported a record 484 new cases of coronavirus and two more deaths from the disease – both men in their 90s. 

Masks have been made mandatory in the state and everyone who goes outside must wear one.

People in Melbourne are currently only able to leave their homes for food and essential supplied, medical reasons, exercise and work or education (if it cannot be done from home).


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State Premier Daniel Andrews announces Victoria’s highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic [James Ross/EPA] 

03:00 GMT – Japan approves dexamethasone as treatment

Japan’s health ministry has approved the use of dexamethasone as a treatment for COVID-19.

Dexamethasone is a cheap and widely-used steroid.

Studies have shown it has benefits for people with moderate or advanced cases of the disease.

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02:00 GMT – Study suggests coronavirus can spread through speaking

A new study by the University of Nebraska suggests that COVID-19 can spread through normal speaking and breathing, and travel further than two metres, according to a report by AFP.

The findings have not yet been peer reviewed.

The Nebraska scientists collected air samples from the rooms of five patients bed-ridden with COVID-19 from about 30 centimetres above the foot of their beds. The patients were talking – producing microdroplets or aerosols that can remain in the air for a number of hours – and some were coughing. 

The team collected microdroplets as small as one micron in diameter, and three of the 18 samples were able to replicate in the lab.

Joshua Santarpia, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said the findings supported the idea that people can get COVID-19 through microdroplets.

“It is replicated in cell culture and therefore infectious,” he told the news agency.

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01:15 GMT – China reports nine new cases in Xinjiang

China has reported 14 new cases of coronavirus, five of them imported and the rest in the far western region of Xinjiang.

There have been no new cases of community transmission in Beijing for 16 days, according to state media.

23:30 GMT (Tuesday) – Qatar to relax travel restrictions from August 1

Qatar is relaxing its coronavirus travel restrictions from the beginning of next month.

From August 1, citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to travel overseas and return, while residents will be allowed to return.

Travellers from low-risk countries will have to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and another after a seven-day home quarantine period, the Government Communications Office said in a statement.

If they are confirmed COVID-free from a recognised testing centre no more than 48 hours before travelling, they will be exempted from the test on arrival.

A list of the countries designated low-risk will be published on the website of the Ministry of Public Health and updated every two weeks.

23:00 GMT (Tuesday) – Trump comes out in favour of masks

After months of downplaying their importance, US President Donald Trump has come out unequivocally in favour of wearing masks. 

Speaking at the first White House press briefing in weeks, and without any medical experts present, Trump urged Americans to get a mask and wear it.

“Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact, they’ll have an effect and we need everything we can get,” he said. “I will use it, gladly.”  

Trump was talking in his first White House briefing in weeks and showed off his mask as he spoke. You can read more on what happened here.

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US President Donald Trump holds up his face mask at the White House press briefing on July 21 [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via AFP]


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Kate Garraway masks up as she heads to Global after returning to GMB

Kate Garraway rocked a stunning dress as she headed to Global (Picture: Backgrid)

Kate Garraway as been spotted masking up as she heads to Global, keeping busy as she returns to Good Morning Britain.

The presenter could be seen donning a bright floral dress with white heeled boots, and wearing a mask as she headed into the building.

Clutching a big handbag, she waved at the cameras, before adjusting her mask.

The mum-of-two, who has been taking time off from hosting the morning show during her husband Derek Draper’s coronavirus battle, recently announced she’d be returning.

The presenter confirmed she will be back on the ITV programme on Monday alongside Ben Shephard as Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid take their summer break.

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Appearing on Wednesday’s episode Kate said: ‘I’m gonna come back, I’m afraid. I’m back on Monday if you’ll have me. I haven’t got the fight to be a Piers Morgan but I’m back with Ben Shephard.’

Kate sported a mask as she headed into the building (Picture: BACKGRID)
She waved to the cameras as she headed into the building (Picture: BACKGRID)

‘It’s lovely to be back. It’s like coming out a little bubble of sadness,’ she said. She is returning after doctors told her to ‘get on’ while her husband Derek Draper remains in ‘critical condition’.

Derek, Kate’s husband of 10 years, has been in intensive care since April, after testing positive for coronavirus.

Kate is returning to Good Morning Britain on Monday (Picture: BACKGRID)
She recently opened up to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about Derek’s coronavirus battle (Picture: GC Images)

He is now free of the virus, but has suffered complications, and was in an induced coma until recently.

Kate recently opened up about staying hopeful, explaining to Hello!: ‘We’re keeping positive and doing everything we can to bring him round.

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‘The children and I communicate with him every day on FaceTime, while a nurse holds his iPad.

‘I really believe he can hear. When medical staff say: “Good morning, Derek”, he sometimes opens his eyes. We and the doctors are doing everything we can so that he can start to recover.’

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Practice Social Distancing, Wear Masks

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) requested on Thursday that “protesters” in the City of Lakes practice social distancing and wear masks to reduce coronavirus transmission. The municipal government claimed to provide hundreds of masks to the public for this purpose.

Frey’s comments came during ongoing protests and riots in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a man who died after a municipal police officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck while handcuffed.

The city government issued a statement on Thursday via its website with the mayor’s request.

“The City encourages everyone to exercise caution to stay safe while participating in demonstrations, including wearing masks and physical distancing as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the statement reads. “The City has made hundreds of masks available to protesters this week.”

Frey linked the unrest to slavery during remarks he made on Thursday:

What we’ve seen over the last two days and the emotion-ridden conflict over last night is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness, anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years. If you’re feeling that sadness and that anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right.

It’s a reflection of the truth that our black community has lived. While not from lived experience, that sadness must also be understood by our non-black communities. To ignore it, to toss it out, would be to ignore the values we all claim to have. That are all the more important during a time of crisis.

“This could be the marker,” added Frey. “This could be a point in time, when several years from now we can look back to know that we rose to right the wrongs of the past. Not just with words, but with action.”

Frey, who wore a mask for his Twitter profile photo, framed Lloyd’s death in racial terms.

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David Shrigley and Yinka Shonibare create face masks to raise funds for emerging artists and local museums

David Shrigley and Yinka Shonibare are among those designing limited edition face masks to raise money to support emerging artists and local museums during the pandemic.

The face masks, also created by Eddie Peake and Linder, are on sale for three weeks, with money going towards Contemporary Art Society’s Rapid Response Fund.

They can be bought via a new crowdfunding campaign, launched today in partnership with Frieze, and are on sale for £35 each or £120 for all four.

More than £100,000 has already been raised already, with the crowdfunder aiming to raise a further £20,000 by June 10. The money will be used to purchase artworks that will then go into gallery collections, providing financial support to artists, technicians and art handlers, many of whom work on a freelance basis and have seen their income taken away over past weeks.

Shrigley said: “My design perhaps acknowledges that our emotions are more difficult to see when we wear a mask. The fund will provide incredible support to emerging artists at a time when the art world entirely ground to a halt, but also the technicians, the assistants, the small galleries that do so much to support younger artists in turn.”

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Coronavirus live news: Europe halts delivery of faulty Chinese face masks; WHO says Covid-19 may never go | World news

Medical workers in Indonesia are complaining of persistent delays to an increase in coronavirus testing promised by their president, Joko Widodo, Reuters reports.

The south east Asian nation, the world’s fourth most populous, has the highest coronavirus death toll in east Asia outside China, and one of the lowest global testing rates.

Indonesia reported 568 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the total to 16,006, with 1,043 deaths. It has so far conducted around 50 tests per 100,000 people, compared with 2,500 per 100,000 in neighbouring Singapore.

Widodo promised in April that 10,000 tests would be performed each day, but the goal is yet to be reached, with testing rates on average hovering at less than half that figure. Health experts have urged Jakarta to rapidly increase its testing rate to determine the true spread of the virus across the Indonesian archipelago, saying that without sufficient data the full extent of the outbreak will remain unknown.

A man covers his face with a shirt instead of a face mask while in a queue to get the Takjil, food for breaking the Ramadan fast, in central Jakarta.

A man covers his face with a shirt instead of a face mask while in a queue to get the Takjil, food for breaking the Ramadan fast, in central Jakarta. Photograph: Muhammad Zaenuddin/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

“We can’t even get the results after two weeks,” Meneldi Rasmin, a consulting doctor at Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta, told Reuters.

“So we cannot determine whether it’s COVID-19 or not. We can only judge them (the patients) from clinical symptoms,” he said, attributing the delay to limited equipment capacity.

In between his rounds at Persahabatan Hospital where medical staff move about in white protective gear, Rasmin called for testing capacities to be scaled up not only in the capital, but across the sprawling country.

“Early detection by rapid testing should take place in every small district. Local clinics should take control, instead of (centralized) rapid testing,” he said.
“It should be organized at the community level, working together with the district authority.”

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Rebellion in L.A.’s Inland Empire over coronavirus masks

How important is it to wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus?

Many health experts say it’s essential and have required the use of masks when conducting essential business. Some cities, such as Beverly Hills, have gone so far as to mandate the wearing of face coverings anytime residents leave their homes.

But there is also pushback in some California communities.

Riverside County officials voted unanimously late Friday to rescind all of the county’s stay-at-home orders that went beyond Gov. Gavin Newsom’s, including a face covering requirement that was one of the first in the state.

Officials voted for the use of face coverings to be “strongly recommended” by the county, instead of being mandated, as health director Cameron Kaiser had implemented last month. The use of masks is only a recommendation on the state level.

During the meeting, 5th District Supervisor Jeff Hewitt said he didn’t feel like he needed to wear a mask, citing conflicting evidence of the benefits of face coverings, but that he would continue to do so if certain businesses required it.

“That’s my personal choice,” he said. “I think that people are smart enough to make [that] decision themselves.”

A 78-year-old man, who spoke in support of rescinding the order on face coverings, agreed with Hewitt, saying he wears a mask only when he’s around people who are afraid. “I’m not afraid. … People get old and they die.”

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Jessica Schuurnans of Riverside County writes down her comments she will present to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors during a emergency meeting.”It’s time to open California, ” she said.

(Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Neighboring San Bernardino County rescinded its mandatory face-covering order last week.

“The County strongly urges everyone to continue wearing face coverings in public to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and businesses may still require face coverings for customers and employees,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman said in a statement.

But other communities are getting more aggressive with requirements on the use of face coverings.

Beginning Monday, anyone traveling through Los Angeles International Airport must wear a mask or face covering.

On top of the LAX mask rule — a move that Mayor Eric Garcetti said aligned with requirements by many major airlines — the mayor announced that, starting Monday, anyone riding a city bus was also required to wear a face covering.

Los Angeles leaders are exploring whether to require residents to use masks or other facial coverings whenever they leave their homes — for instance, while strolling down the sidewalk or sitting in a public park — a proposal championed by City Councilman Paul Koretz as a way to prevent new infections.

“The last thing we need is another spike in cases to set us back as we’re trying to move forward,” Koretz said.

The council has not yet decided to draft such a law, but voted Wednesday to ask city staffers to report back on health guidelines for wearing masks, what requirements have been imposed by other cities and how such rules might be enforced.

“People still walk dogs. They still ride bicycles. They still may stop and chat with their neighbors,” Koretz said in an interview. “This would reduce the spread.”

Koretz said that, under such an ordinance, people would be required to have the masks either already on their faces or close at hand so they could put them on quickly whenever they approached someone from outside their household.

The councilman believes mandating masks will help keep people who are infected but asymptomatic from unknowingly transmitting the virus. He pointed to the Czech Republic, which imposed a similar requirement, as an example of how the mandate could reduce new infections.

At Wednesday’s meeting, some council members remained uncertain: Councilman Gil Cedillo raised concerns about racially discriminatory enforcement of mask rules against African Americans.

Councilman John Lee also expressed reluctance, saying that, in his district, people seemed to be behaving responsibly to maintain social distancing and “already feel confined as it is.”

The Bay Area and many other counties also require masks when conducting essential business like shopping.

Times staff writer Emily Alpert Reyes contributed to this report.

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Face masks pose communication hurdle for deaf community


When will it hit and what will it look like? Those are just a few unanswered questions about a possible second wave of COVID-19.


Mary Beth Pagnella, who has lived with profound hearing loss most of her life, prides herself on being an excellent lip reader.

But, amid the coronavirus outbreak, reading lips has become more difficult with state and federal officials recommending, and some requiring, people to wear masks in public.

“I feel so lost and out of place because [people] are wearing masks and I cannot read their lips,” Pagnella told USA TODAY. “Not being able to hear is hard enough. Now, lip reading is hard, too.”

Wearing face masks has become the new normal for daily living — and it will continue to be as more states begin to loosen social distancing restrictions to reopen their economies.

It’s a challenge not lost on the deaf community.

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“In American Sign Language, the grammar of the language exists in facial expression,” said Peter Cook, chair of the Department of American Sign Language at Columbia College Chicago.

“So, in order to truly communicate in language, you need the facial expression,” Cook, who is also deaf, told USA TODAY.

Even watching televised press conferences can be difficult, Cook said. While some local governments have ASL interpreters available, many don’t — including at the near-daily White House coronavirus task force briefings.

The National Association of the Deaf and the National Council on Disability have sent letters to the White House asking for ASL interpreters to be available, CNN reported.

“So we rely on each other,” said Cook. “It’s been crucial for us using things like social media and even Twitter [and] apps like Marco Polo [for] keeping us connected and keeping us informed as a community.”

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Many organizations, including the National Association of the Deaf, are providing services like videos with an interpreter sharing updates on COVID-19.

The Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center in Seattle, Washington, partnered with Hypernovas Productions to create a video series called “WHAT IS HAPPENING!?!?!?!?” providing coronavirus updates in ASL. The show’s host, Joshua Castille, a deaf performance artist, also shares tips on things like working on your mental health during the crisis.

Lindsay Klarman, the center’s executive director, told USA TODAY that they worked closely with state officials to ensure press briefings and other videos included an interpreter or closed captions.

“I think the main thing to remember is that we don’t all get information the same way,” Klarman said. “We don’t have access to language through spoken English, and so the more that we can do to support diversity within our community, the better off we’ll all be.”

Both Cook and Pagnella are also looking for creative ways to help their communities. One of them is by creating clear masks.

American Sign Language interpreter Terry Dockter, right, signs as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sits at his desk and rehearses a speech on April 21. (Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP)

Pagnella emailed a college student in Kentucky who created reusable clear masks for the deaf and hard of hearing. Ashley Lawrence, a student at Eastern Kentucky University studying education for the deaf and hard of hearing, created a GoFundMe account to help ship the masks for free. 

The news inspired Pagnella to create masks with her friends using a how-to guide by Lawrence to share with the deaf and hard to hear community in her hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. Some of them will be sent to students at Gallaudet University, a private university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C.

“I can’t sew, but I’m so willing to learn that one of my friends is going to loan a sewing machine to me,” Pagnella said.

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For Cook, he’s reaching out to the fashion studies department at Columbia College Chicago to have students make masks for his students, or possibly to create a class for the fall semester.

“There’s a sense of collectivism and information sharing and I think that’s something that has across the country really bonded the deaf community,” said Cook.

“At the same time, [it is] acknowledging that there are some very critical and serious issues that we need access to as a community.”


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Trump touts end of dispute with 3M over N95 protective masks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is touting the end of a dispute with 3M to supply millions of masks to medical professionals on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus.

Trump said that the “3M saga ends very happily. We’re very proud to be dealing now with 3M.”

The president said that the Minnesota-based company agreed to deliver an additional “55.5 million high-quality facemasks each month.”

Trump had invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act to prevent 3M from exporting masks abroad.

It had sparked some fears that other nations would down on the shipment of medical supplies to the US.

3M said the agreement allows it to continue to send N95 protective masks to Canada and Latin America.

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