Your daily COVID-19 update: May 21

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? Canada’s top health official, Dr. Theresa Tam said her advice is changing from “suggesting” we wear masks in places that don’t allow for proper physical distancing to “recommending” we do. 

 

What’s happening across Canada? Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he was “shocked” that the province has continued to lag behind on its testing commitments. On Tuesday, the province completed just 7,382 tests, far short of its goals when it comes to testing. 

Ontario reported 390 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. 

In Alberta, health officials reported three new outbreaks in Calgary. 

On Friday, Manitoba will allow outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people, and indoor gatherings of up to 25 people, as long as physical distancing measures are followed. 

Quebec will allow gatherings of up to 10 people outside as of Friday. 

Prince Edward Island will allow seasonal residents to start returning to the province on June 1. 

Newfoundland and Labrador has seen 13 straight days without a new confirmed case of COVID-19.

Canada has now seen 6,030 deaths and 80,091 confirmed cases of the disease. 

 

Lift me up. We leave you today with this video of funny anecdotes Ben Stiller shared about his late father, Jerry, on The Tonight Show:

 

Stay safe.