Your daily COVID-19 update: May 25

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? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that he’d like to adopt a contract-tracing app, similar to what’s been introduced in Alberta. 

 

What’s happening across Canada? Ontario has expanded its testing criteria again to people who are asymptomatic and may have been exposed to the disease. The province is still lagging behind in achieving the level of testing it needs to engage in its next phase of lifting restrictions. 

In Toronto, hoards of people descended on Trinity Bellwoods Park over the weekend to soak up some sun and flout physical distancing guidelines. Mayor John Tory went down to the park to see what all the fuss was about, but didn’t wear a mask properly while talking to park-goers. He later apologized for doing so. 

Ontario health officials reported 460 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, well exceeding the levels the province says are safe for the next phase of reopening. 

Some retail stores will be allowed to reopen in Montreal today, despite high numbers of new cases last week. The province also reported 44 new deaths Sunday.  

Canada now has seen 6,424 deaths and 84,688 confirmed cases of the disease. 

 

Lift me up. We leave you today with this video of the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who was being interviewed when an earthquake hit. In the video, she manages to keep her cool and continue with the interview. 

 

Stay safe.