This week will be a crucial week in the fight against COVID-19, says Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
During this week, health officials will be able to determine if social distancing practices have been effective.
During today’s national briefing, Justin Trudeau announced that Canadian businesses that see a 30 per cent drop in revenue will qualify for subsidy, regardless of employees.
According to worldometer.com, Canada now has 7,427 cases and 86 deaths.
Here’s a roundup of the top stories from each province:
BC reported its first “community” death today. The province has 86 new cases.
The province reported 29 new cases, and there are a total of eight fatalities in Alberta related to COVID-19.
Saskatchewan commercial drivers transporting essential supplies will temporarily be exempt from certain aspects of the province’s hours of service regulations. They also exempt from the 14-day isolation rule.
Manitoba has now also joined Ontario in allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages for take out and delivery services. The Manitoba government also issued a new public health order to prohibit restaurants from serving food to customers on their premises.
Quebec’s premier, Francois Legault, has ordered many stores in Quebec to close on Sundays to give workers, who are on the frontlines of selling essential goods to customers a break. The province now has 3,430 cases of COVID-19.
The province’s chief medical health officer confirmed community transmission of the virus for the first time. The province reported two new cases Monday.
Nova Scotia also reported its first case of community transmission of the Coronavirus. There are five new cases in the province.
The province announced a series of programs today to help its citizens as the cases now have jumped to 18. Among these new programs includes a Commercial Lease Rent deferent program for three months, and the moratorium on evictions will be extended until June.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador announced its first COVID-19 related death. This is also the first death related to the virus in Atlantic Canada.
Yukon announced its fifth confirmed case of the virus today.
Indigenous families who are choosing to practice social distancing by moving onto the land in cabins and camps, instead of their home communities, will now be supported by a $2.6 million federal deal.