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? The federal government is set to contribute $3 billion to a partnership with provincial governments that will top up the pay of low-income essential workers. Provincial and territorial governments will chip in $1 billion.
What’s happening across Canada? Canada lost almost 2 million jobs in April, and the unemployment rate soared to 13 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.
In Ontario, the provincial government is rejecting a regional approach to lifting restrictions, like we’ve seen in Quebec. Despite the fact that the vast majority of cases have been in Toronto, Ottawa and Windsor, Premier Doug Ford has said the whole province will reopen at the same time.
In Quebec, Montreal is following a different schedule than other parts of the province when it comes to lifting restrictions. The provincial government announced on Thursday that its planned reopening of retail stores, daycares and schools will be delayed again until May 25.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said some hard hit areas of his province might not move forward on the same reopening schedule.
Northern parts of Saskatchewan confirmed 19 more cases of COVID-19 Thursday.
The country now has 64,922 confirmed cases, and 4,408 deaths from the disease.
Lift me up. We leave you today with this video of a praying mantis eating an Asian giant hornet, which has been making the rounds on social media. Because why not?