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? With religious holidays upon us, Health Minister Patty Hajdu is reminding everyone to stay home, and not invite guests over, even if they’re family.
Provincial governments in Alberta and Quebec have followed Ontario’s lead in releasing their projections to the public of possible future cases of COVID-19. The federal government still hasn’t released its own projections. Alberta projects that the province could see up to 800,000 cases and that one in six Albertans could contract the disease. Quebec expects to see somewhere between 1,263 to 8,860 deaths by the end of April.
Saskatchewan, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador are set to release their own projections Wednesday.
The federal government said it will have 2.3 million more masks by the end of the week to protect health-care workers, and that it has ordered around 75 million masks. The feds have also received 20,000 litres of hand sanitizer in the last 24 hours, and have ordered more than 113,000 litres of the stuff.
What’s happening across Canada? Groups that represent nurses and doctors say health-care workers are extremely worried about the shortages of protective equipment in Canadian hospitals. The president of the Canadian Medical Association told a House of Commons committee yesterday that health-care workers “feel betrayed.”
In his daily address yesterday, Trudeau said that nearly 5,000 Canadian companies have signed up to help manufacture much-needed medical supplies.
In Ontario, the provincial government is failing to keep its promise when it comes to ramping up testing. CBC News reports that on Tuesday, only 2,568 new test results were provided, far short of the promised daily target of 5,000. The provincial government has promised to conduct 19,000 tests daily by the third week of April.
Nova Scotia reported its first COVID-19-related death on Tuesday.
Yukon has announced that its students won’t have any more in-person classes this school year.
Canada now has 17,883 confirmed cases, and 381 Canadians have died.
Lift me up. If you’re bored, and can’t stand to read anymore news about COVID-19, here’s a list of uplifting books put together by Book Riot.
We leave you today with the news that songwriter John Prine has died from COVID-19. He was 73 years old.