Your daily COVID-19 update: April 1

Welcome to our daily COVID-19 update. We’ll bring you the latest coronavirus news and stories about how Canadians are coping during these scary, uncertain times. 

At long last, we made it out of March. Happy April 1, everyone. 

What’s the government doing? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that the federal government would allocate $2 billion to procure protective medical equipment such as masks and gloves. Trudeau has reached deals with three Canadian companies, Thornhill Medical, Medicom and Spartan Bioscience, to manufacture much-needed supplies. 

In Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, makeshift hospitals are being set up to care for the growing number of people suffering with COVID-19. 

What’s happening across Canada? Reporter Christopher Nardi at the National Post got his hands on a government document that predicts “current measures” could be in place until at least July. The document was a “Daily Sitrep Highlights” sent around on Monday by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Nardi reports that the government expects this could be a best case scenario. 

Ontario health officials have said there are at least 10 outbreaks in long-term care homes around the province. Quebec has more than 400 long-term care facilities that have reported cases. 

B.C. now has more than 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

Students in Prince Edward Island are set to start classes online, despite the fact that internet providers are struggling to keep up with demand. 

If you’re still unsure about the safest way to shop for groceries, CBC News put together this guide

A group of students from the University of Toronto have put together this handy heat map that’s tracking local cases of COVID-19 in Canada. 

The number of confirmed cases in Canada now stands at 8,536 and there have been 96 deaths. 

Lift me up. Employees at a Nova Scotia grocery store decided to use an anonymous gift to feed four seniors who live nearby. CBC News reported that a man dropped off 10 envelopes, each with $40 inside, with messages such as  “Thank you for working,” which he hoped would be distributed to staff. The store’s employees decided to pool together the $400 to buy food for seniors in the area. 

We leave you today with this awesome video of a British family in isolation performing their version of One Day More, a song from the musical Les Miserables. Unfortunately, the Canadian government has made it clear that we’re going to be distancing ourselves for a lot longer than one more day. 

Stay safe.