Your daily COVID-19 update: March 30

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? Over the weekend, the federal government banned anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever or breathing problems) from travelling on domestic flights and trains. Commuter trains and buses are currently exempt from this as they fall under provincial jurisdiction.

At his Sunday press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government will spend $7.5 million on Kids Help Phone, which helps young Canadians who find themselves in tough situations at home. He also announced $9 million for the United Way Canada to help seniors get groceries and other essentials. 

In Ontario, the provincial government has banned gatherings of five people or more. This won’t apply to private households of more than five people, nor will it affect daycare centres that are looking after the children of essential workers. Ontarians will still be able to have funerals with up to 10 people at a time. 

The British Columbia government announced it was shipping $3 million in emergency funding to the province’s food banks. 

Quebec’s northern region of Nunavik is now imposing a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

What’s happening across Canada? Internet providers in Prince Edward Island are reporting a significant increase in demand for their networks as people are staying home. 

Newfoundland and Labrador has confirmed its first death due to COVID-19. The man, who was retired, died Sunday, three days after he was hospitalized, according to CBC News

Canada’s courts have started granting release requests from those in custody awaiting trial that have argued jails have become too dangerous due to COVID-19. Global News reports this has happened a handful of times of the last two weeks. 

The number of confirmed cases countrywide now stands at 6,255, and 63 people have died. Canada’s top health official, Theresa Tam, has said this week could be a crucial period when we’ll be able to determine whether we’re actually flattening the curve in Canada. 

Lift me up. Last week, Professor Robert Kelly — the dad whose children crashed a live BBC interview back in 2017 — returned to the British broadcaster to talk about working from home. He and his wife spoke to BBC about what the lockdown in South Korea has been like with their children.  

We leave you today with the news that Sophie Gregoire Trudeau is now free of COVID-19. The prime minister’s wife was one of the first confirmed cases in Ottawa. The prime minister plans to stay in isolation for two more weeks to be sure, even though she has been cleared by doctors.  

Stay safe.