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Your daily COVID-19 update: April 9

Your daily COVID-19 update: April 9

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 Thursday morning, the federal government finally released its own projections. The government believes that anywhere from 11,000 to 22,000 people could die in Canada during the pandemic. The worst case scenario would be 100,000 deaths, but public health officials say it will likely be much lower in reality, thanks to physical distancing measures that have been taken.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that physical distancing measures have been effective in mitigating the spread of the virus, but added it still isn’t clear when Canada’s curve will hit its peak.

Quebec Premier François Legault said all long-term care workers will be tested for COVID-19. The province is also working to get more skilled workers into these facilities.

The provincial government in Alberta says it now has enough protective equipment for its medical workers, as long as it doesn’t hit some of the worst-case scenarios laid out in its projections. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, however, says his province lacks the necessary number of beds in its ICUs.

What’s happening across Canada? More than 1 million Canadians lost their jobs in March, according to Statistics Canada. The unemployment rate has grown to 7.8 per cent. Businesses who have been hit by the crisis can start applying for $40,000 loans through the Canada Emergency Business Account today.

Ontario has tested far fewer people on a per capita basis than any other province. Global News reports that the province has tested just 334 residents out of every 100,000. The province has the capacity to do 13,000 tests a day, but has been failing to carry out that many. The World Health Organization has said widespread testing is one of the most important tools in fighting the virus.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante is considering shutting off portions of a street to cars, so that pedestrians have more space to follow distancing guidelines. Ottawa’s Jim Watson says he won’t open portions of roads to pedestrians, claiming it would cause people to congregate. Calgary and Winnipeg have shut down some neighbourhood streets to give people more space.

Manitoba has recorded its third COVID-19 related death. In Saskatchewan, officials say it’s too early to tell when the province’s curve will hit its peak.

In Nova Scotia, the provincial government believes that 10 per cent of confirmed cases are community transmitted.

Canada now has 19,274 confirmed cases, and 435 Canadians have died.

Lift me up. Some genius took PMJT’s “speaking moistly” gaffe from the other day and turned it into this fantastic auto-tuned masterpiece. Enjoy.

We leave you today with the news that Peter MacKay sent an email to supporters saying Canadians have “overcome diversity before.” We think he meant adversity. Oops!

Stay safe.