The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Saturday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.

7:38 a.m.: California Gov. Gavin Newsom is announcing a new process for reopening businesses that is slower and more gradual than what the state tried earlier this summer.

French President Emmanuel Macron is urging European neighbours to better co-ordinate cross-border virus restrictions as infections resurge. Multiple countries have imposed tests or quarantines on visitors from France.

7:37 a.m.: The British government is encouraging workers to return to their offices amid concern that the number of people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic is hurting coffee bars and restaurants and turning city centres into “ghost towns.”

7:36 a.m.: South Korea has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus as health officials prepare to tighten distancing restrictions in the greater capital area.

The 16th consecutive day of triple-digit jumps brought the national caseload to 19,400. Fatalities reached 321 after five more deaths overnight.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday that 249 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of the country’s 51 million people live. Health workers have struggled to track infections linked to churches, restaurants, schools and apartment buildings.

7:35 a.m.: Malaysia has extended its pandemic movement restrictions including a ban on foreign tourists until the end of the year.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a televised address late Friday that global cases have been rising and the country has seen sporadic virus clusters even though the situation was under control.

Malaysia has recorded more than 9,000 cases with 125 deaths.

7:30 a.m.: Rental prices have dipped and landlords are facing stiffer competition for tenants in Canada’s two hottest housing markets in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It seems like a renter’s market in Toronto and Vancouver for the first time in years… The latest numbers from the listing service PadMapper show the cost to rent in Toronto and Vancouver continued to decline in the last month, while smaller, neighbouring cities saw increases.

The company pegged the median cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto at $2,100, down 8.7 per cent from last August, while the cost in Vancouver was down 6.4 per cent to $2,060.

The costs to rent a two-bedroom unit were also down, according to PadMapper’s latest rent report that used around 10,200 listings in Toronto and 1,400 in Vancouver to estimate the median prices.

Saturday 7:28 a.m.: There are 127,358 confirmed cases in Canada.

Quebec: 62,124 confirmed (including 5,750 deaths, 55,106 resolved)

Ontario: 41,935 confirmed (including 2,809 deaths, 38,023 resolved)

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Alberta: 13,476 confirmed (including 237 deaths, 12,054 resolved)

British Columbia: 5,496 confirmed (including 204 deaths, 4,310 resolved)

Saskatchewan: 1,611 confirmed (including 24 deaths, 1,543 resolved)

Manitoba: 1,096 confirmed (including 14 deaths, 664 resolved)

Nova Scotia: 1,083 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,013 resolved)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 269 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 265 resolved)

New Brunswick: 191 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 182 resolved)

Prince Edward Island: 44 confirmed (including 41 resolved)

Yukon: 15 confirmed (including 15 resolved)

Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)

Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)

Nunavut: No confirmed cases

Total: 127,358 (0 presumptive, 127,358 confirmed including 9,108 deaths, 113,234 resolved)

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