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? A report compiled by whistleblowers in the Canadian military painted a grim image of the squalid conditions in some of Ontario’s nursing homes. As the report was released Tuesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he the buck stops with him, and that he was taking “ownership” of a “broken system” he “inherited.” Read the full report here.
What’s happening across Canada? Most of Ontario’s new infections seem to be concentrated in Toronto. A CBC News analysis found that 76 percent of new cases of COVID-19 were in the Greater Toronto Area. The province has extended its state of emergency to June 9.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has told residents “don’t be like Toronto,” when it comes to physical distancing in parks.
In British Columbia, there were no new deaths from COVID-19 for the first time in weeks.
Newfoundland and Labrador hasn’t had a new confirmed case of COVID-19 for 19 days.
Canada has seen 6,639 deaths due to COVID-19 and 86,636 confirmed cases of the disease.
Lift me up. We leave you today with the news that two hikers were found alive after they got lost in the New Zealand wilderness for 19 days. Jessica O’Connor and Dion Reynolds expected their hiking trip through national park would take six or seven days, but they got lost and injured in a fall. Rescue crews found them when they spotted smoke from a campfire.