Your daily COVID-19 update: April 28

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? Ontario Premier Doug Ford unveiled his government’s three-stage plan to lift restrictions and reopen the province’s economy Monday. The cautious plan doesn’t include dates, like what was released by the Quebec government. Under Quebec’s plan, schools are set to reopen on May 11. Ontario’s plan will be dependent on progress in the data.

What’s happening across Canada? Around 10,000 businesses have applied for the federal government’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

Despite announcing its plan to lift restrictions, Quebec announced 84 more COVID-19 related deaths Monday. 

In Alberta, the number of confirmed cases have been below the government’s projections. Health officials are saying this is thanks to effective physical distancing measures. 

A quarter of Alberta’s confirmed cases have been linked to the outbreak at a Cargill meat plant. That outbreak has now spread to a nearby First Nation. 

Manitoba has announced that it is finally set to ban nursing home employees from working in more than one facility. 

Public health officials in New Brunswick said masks might become mandatory for certain situations as restrictions are lifted. 

Food Bank Canada’s website crashed Sunday evening, as Canadian musicians put on a virtual benefit concert. 

The country now has 48,489 confirmed cases, and 2,707 deaths from the disease. 

Lift me up. Move over Stronger Together. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra put together this impressive virtual performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird

We leave you today with the news that the head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games said that the event will be canceled if it needs to be postponed again. 

Stay safe.