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Your daily COVID-19 update: April 14

Your daily COVID-19 update: April 14

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.

What’s the government doing? On Monday, the federal government released interim guidelines to help protect seniors and workers at long-term care facilities. The recommendations include restricting visits and requiring workers wear protective equipment.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it could be months (and not weeks) before governments scale back restrictions.

What’s happening across Canada? Alberta is expanding its testing criteria to include anyone who has symptoms. Officials announced that anyone with a runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough or shortness of breath can get tested.

New Brunswick is also expanding its testing criteria.

Ontario is set to extend its state of emergency for a further 28 days, but the province is still lagging behind in its testing for COVID-19. The extension will push the province’s state of emergency to at least May 11.

Nova Scotia will release its projections for how many people could get sick and die from the disease.

Manitoba is extending its public health orders for another two weeks.

Canada now has 25,663 confirmed cases and 780 deaths from COVID-19.

Lift me up. Watch this video of a Zoom choir singalong by a group of health-care workers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, singing the Bruno Mars song “Count on Me.”

We leave you today with the news that the prime minister has been getting some criticism after a photo surfaced of his family celebrating Easter at a cottage. Critics were quick to point out that the PM had told everyone else to stay home during the holiday. Got ‘em.

Stay safe.