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? The federal government has instructed 85 per cent of the Canadian military to self-isolate in preparation for deployment in COVID-19 crisis operations. Chief of Defense Gen. Jon Vance told CTV News that the way the military was preparing was similar to how it gets ready for an artillery attack. “You disperse the force,” he said.
After calls grew across Canada Thursday for more transparency from governments when it comes to COVID-19 projections, the Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he’ll release that “stark” information today. Ford will also reportedly expand the list of “non-essential” businesses that must close.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault said all health-care workers who treat people who have COVID-19 will get a pay raise.
What’s happening across Canada? The New Brunswick education minister has announced that schools in the province will likely stay closed for the rest of the year. The provincial government there is also worried it might run out of tests within a week.
Nova Scotia has extended its state of emergency for another two weeks.
Alberta now has COVID-19 outbreaks at nine seniors facilities.
B.C. experienced six more deaths in a day, bringing the province’s total number of deaths to 35.
Quebec now has 5,518 confirmed cases of the virus, and 36 people have died.
The number of confirmed cases in Canada now stands at 11,268 and there have been 138 deaths.
Lift me up. Canadian figure skater Kurt Browning posted a video of himself on Instagram Thursday, recreating his 1994 on-ice performance of Singin’ in the Rain in inline skates on the streets of Toronto.
We leave you today with this video of empty streets in New York City, set to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s uplifting words.