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Manitoba makes masks mandatory for Winnipeg as COVID-19 cases surge

Sep 25 2020 — The Canadian Press — WINNIPEG — Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer is making masks mandatory in indoor public spaces in Winnipeg, as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in the capital city. Dr. Brent Roussin said Friday there are 54 new cases of the virus in the province — 44 of them are in the Winnipeg health region.In […]

The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

Sep 25 2020 — The Canadian Press — The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): --- 2:43 p.m. Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer is making masks mandatory in indoor spaces in Winnipeg, as cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in the capital city. Dr. Brent Roussin says there are 54 new cases of the virus in the province […]

Canada signs deal to secure 20M more COVID-19 vaccine doses, though none have been proven successful yet

Sep 25 2020 — Kathleen Harris — Canada has signed an agreement to secure another 20 million vaccine doses as the global race for a COVID-19 vaccine intensifies. During a news conference in Ottawa today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a deal with AstraZeneca on access to a vaccine prospect now being developed at Oxford University. As a result, the federal government […]

Trudeau reinstates COVID-19 updates as pandemic’s second wave worsens

Sep 25 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join Canada’s top public health officers today for their daily update on the worsening COVID-19 health crisis. Trudeau is expected to have an announcement about his government’s ongoing efforts to protect Canadians and combat the potentially deadly novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But he’s also expected to start joining chief […]

Qualtrough urges opposition parties to swiftly approve new COVID-19 benefits

Sep 24 2020 — Kathleen Harris — The federal government tabled legislation today to provide what it’s calling a “safe bridge” for Canadians who are still experiencing lost income due to COVID-19. The proposed new suite of measures aims to transition people from the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) to an employment insurance program with expanded eligibility, or to one of three […]

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sept. 24

Sep 24 2020 — The Canadian Press — The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:14 p.m. EDT on Sept. 24, 2020: There are 149,094 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 69,670 confirmed (including 5,810 deaths, 59,943 resolved) _ Ontario: 48,496 confirmed (including 2,836 deaths, 41,886 resolved) _ Alberta: 17,190 confirmed (including 261 deaths, 15,467 resolved) _ British Columbia: […]

Liberals propose upping value of new COVID-19 benefits to match sunsetting CERB

Sep 24 2020 — — The value of weekly benefits for unemployed workers would rise to $500 a week under legislation the Liberals introduced today. The proposal still needs parliamentary approval, but would bring the value of payments to the same level as under the soon-to-disappear Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The same floor will be placed on employment insurance benefits […]

Leaked document reveals Ontario’s plan to avoid another COVID-19 lockdown

Sep 24 2020 — Mike Crawley — Ontario wants to avoid imposing lockdown-style measures to combat a second wave of COVID-19, but is prepared to take ‘targeted action” such as closing certain higher-risk businesses, CBC News has learned. CBC News obtained a copy of Ontario’s fall pandemic preparedness plan, still in draft form even as Premier Doug Ford’s government is in the […]

Public health officials call for tighter restrictions, warn COVID-19 could spiral out of control

Sep 24 2020 — Brandie Weikle — Infectious disease experts say Canadian health authorities must tighten restrictions again or hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 will increase exponentially in the coming weeks. Echoing comments made Tuesday by Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who said Canada is at a crossroads in its pandemic battle, experts in public health are urging governments to […]

Ontario county opens student-only COVID-19 test sites

Sep 24 2020 — Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press — A county in southwestern Ontario has established COVID-19 assessment centres exclusively for school children to reduce the amount of time kids have to spend waiting for a test. Lambton County hopes the sites will help get students back into classrooms faster if they're dealing with mild seasonal illnesses but need to rule out the possibility of having the novel […]