Schools reopening, a turtle race and what are COVID toes?

CBC Kids News • Published 2020-05-01 12:11

Your coronavirus news for the week

Here are a few things happening in Canada and around the world this week as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

COVID toes

Doctors are reporting that some kids who have COVID-19 get a purple discoloration on their feet or hands.

“COVID toes” is nothing to be alarmed about, experts say — it’s just a symptom some people have, like cough or fever.

Toes with a purple discoloration

Some children with COVID-19 are getting a skin discoloration in their feet. (Hospital for Sick Children)

According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, kids may have no other symptoms or very mild symptoms along with the skin discoloration.

Provinces move to reopen

It’s up to each province to decide how it’s going to loosen restrictions.

Some provinces like Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are already making announcements about what that’s going to look like.

In Quebec, elementary schools will be reopening later this month but elsewhere, schools are staying closed.

Want to know when schools across Canada will reopen? Check out this map.

Around the world

In Germany this week, some older students were back at school, following strict physical distancing rules.

Their desks are spaced out, some wore masks and they had to disinfect their hands before they sat down.

Students sit in an auditorium at tables spread apart.

A teacher welcomes students before the start of their high school graduation exams in Berlin. (Axel Schmidt/Reuters)

The slow return of sports

The world of sports is slowly coming to life again, so get ready to rev your engines.

NASCAR is the latest pro league to announce its comeback, but fans won’t be in the stands.

Seven events are scheduled, starting May 17.

There are also reports this week that the NBA’s season will resume at Walt Disney World in Florida, but we don't know when.

Four athletes pose with Mickey Mouse.

Members of the Boston Celtics visited Disney World in 2009. (Gene Duncan/Disney via Getty Images)

The Kentucky Derby, the U.S.’s longest continuously held sports event, has been postponed until September, but not all is lost.

They’ve hatched a new plan: a turtle race happening this weekend and you catch the action on YouTube.

a tiny turtle on a race track

Check out all the turtle action on Saturday on YouTube. (Dominic Udell/Brown-Forman via AP)

It’s not an entirely new idea.

In 1945, during the Second World War, the derby was postponed and 20 turtles raced in front of more than 6,000 fans.

Talk about a hero

Meanwhile, a high-profile athlete is trying to help in the fight against COVID-19.

NFLer Laurent Duvernay-Tardif helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl back in January.

Since he also has a medical degree from McGill University, he’s working at a long-term care facility in Quebec, where he’s from.

Instagram post says: Canada's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became a super bowl champ less than three months ago. Now he's putting his doctorate in medicine to use by fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Photos of a man in a white lab coat and a football player celebrating with a trophee

Let the animals roam free

And more animals are being spotted in areas normally filled with people and boats.

In Toronto, a family of foxes has been spotted under the boardwalk near Lake Ontario.

Twitter image of 2 young foxes. Text says: Fox cubs venture out from their den under a popular boardwalk alongside Lake Ontario.

In Istanbul, Turkey, dolphins have been spotted swimming in the quiet waters around the city.

Dolphins swim near the shoreline in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul. (Yasin Akgul/AFP via Getty Images)

Check back next week for more updates on the coronavirus!


With files from CBC News, Reuters and The Associated Press

TOP PHOTO: (Allison Cake/CBC, Hospital for Sick Children, Dominic Udell/Brown-Forman via AP, Axel Schmidt/Reuters)

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