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 Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced some help for seniors. The federal government will give $300 to all Canadians who are eligible for an Old Age Security pension. Those who qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement will also receive an additional $200.
What’s happening across Canada? In Ontario, the provincial government extended the state of emergency to June 2. And as Premier Doug Ford is set to announce reopening measures Thursday, the province’s top public health official is warning that Ontario has not met its threshold to lift restrictions yet.
Quebec’s public health director is blaming a lack of testing in the province to people simply not going to get tested in some of Montreal’s hardest hit neighbourhoods.
Newfoundland and Labrador had its fifth straight day without any new cases confirmed.
In British Columbia, the government is giving out 3,500 smartphones to people living on the streets who would usually use libraries to stay connected.
More than 5,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Canada. We have now long surpassed the official death totals of China, where the first outbreak happened. Canada has now seen 5,169 deaths and 71,157 confirmed cases of the disease.
Lift me up. We leave you today with this delightful video of a toddler making pizza:
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>If you’re having a rough week take a minute to watch this little dude make homemade quarantine pizza…💪🌎❤️🍕😇😉<a href=”https://t.co/Aar5wDWSND”>pic.twitter.com/Aar5wDWSND</a></p>— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1260243072908173313?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>