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Your daily COVID-19 update: April 22

Your daily COVID-19 update: April 22

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? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $350 million in emergency assistance for charities Tuesday, which is far short of the $10 billion requested by the Emergency Coalition of Canadian Charities.

The prime minister also unveiled a calculator for businesses to see if they qualify for the federal wage subsidy launching Monday.

What’s happening across Canada? The federal government expects beef will get more expensive as a major meat-processing plant is temporarily closed due to an outbreak among its employees. But Trudeau said he doesn’t expect to see a shortage.

In addition to the facility in Alberta, a chicken-processing plant in Vancouver has had to shut after 28 employees tested positive for COVID-19. Provincial health officials closed the plant down after testing all of its 71 workers Monday.

In Ontario, long-term care facility workers cannot work at multiple homes now. The provincial government announced the measure last week, but it didn’t come into effect until today. Meanwhile, a nursing home in Toronto, Hawthorne Place Care Centre, announced a rash of deaths from COVID-19.

New Brunswick has launched a web portal where people can view their test results.

Prince Edward Island’s premier says he hopes to start lifting restrictions on businesses by early May.

Canada now has 38,413 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,834 deaths from the disease.

Lift me up. A viral image of an isolating Ontario grandmother’s requests for “more wine” through her window brightened the day of many Canadians recently. Annette Muller, of Kingston, Ont., has since received offers from wineries around the world to send wine to her doorstep.

We leave you today with the news that the death toll in Sunday’s massacre in Nova Scotia has risen to 22, as police confirmed more victims.

Stay safe.