Welcome to our daily COVID-19 update. Here, you’ll find some tips and stories about how Canadians are coping with being cooped up in their homes. And we’ll bring you some more uplifting news during these scary, uncertain times.
What’s the government doing? The federal government is in talks with the Trump administration to try to avoid the deployment of American troops along the border. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has been active on the issue since reports that President Donald Trump is considering the deployment to prevent anyone from entering the country from Canada illegally. (It’s a little hard to understand the logic behind this idea, given the U.S. has now surpassed China as the country with the highest number of confirmed cases.)
The provincial government in British Columbia has announced that people caught ignoring public health orders could face fines of up to $25,000. Stay inside, people.
To give tenants some much-needed relief, Yukon’s government has banned residential evictions during the next 90 days. CBC News reports that the Yukon government announced the ban among a number of measures to help tenants, businesses and workers.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s health minister has said the province’s public health emergency could last months. When asked by reporters when he expects the state of emergency could be lifted, John Haggie said it could last until June.
What’s happening across Canada? The Conservative Party has suspended its race to find Andrew Scheer’s sucesor, despite the protests of frontrunner Peter MacKay. The party’s leadership organizing committee made the decision to postpone the June 27 vote at a meeting Thursday night. Debates scheduled for April have been canceled, and the party plans to reevaluate the situation on May 1.
There were 170 new cases confirmed and two more deaths in Ontario Thursday, bringing the province’s totals to 858 cases with 15 deaths.
In B.C., officials confirmed 66 new cases. There have now been 725 confirmed cases there. The province didn’t report any new deaths Thursday.
The chief public health officer for Manitoba announced the province is expanding those it is testing. Its list will now include healthcare workers with symptoms, inmates and others. As of Thursday, 5,606 people in Manitoba had been tested for the virus.
The number of confirmed cases countrywide now stands at 4,018, and 39 people have died.
The show must go on. A British Columbia couple didn’t let COVID-19 put a damper on their wedding day. It wasn’t quite what they had planned, but Joshua and Anastasija Davis made due. The couple had an impromptu wedding in Joshua’s parents’ living room with less than 15 people in attendance, followed by a surprise street party where they had their first dance.
We leave you today with the news that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19. BBC reports that Johnson is experiencing mild symptoms, and that he will self-isolate while continuing to work.