COVID-19 Updates

4:30 p.m. - Monday, April 6th

 

Niagara Health is reporting two new COVID-19 related deaths which brings our death toll to nine. 

 

Over 130 people have died across the province. 

Thirteen new deaths were announced earlier today alongside 309 new cases. 

We now have 4,347 confirmed cases of COVID-19 province-wide and 1,624 resolved cases. 

We have 16,504 confirmed and presumptive cases of the coronavirus across Canada. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says we only have one week’s worth of personal protective equipment for health care workers in Ontario.

He’s blaming recent restrictions on shipments at the U-S border. 

He says U-S officials recently released a shipment of 500,000 medical masks after they were held up at the border over the weekend. 

 

Dr. Theresa Tam says those who might have COVID-19 can wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer says there is increasing evidence that people with the virus can spread it without realizing they’re sick. 

But she says the masks would protect the people around them, more than protecting themselves. 

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now in intensive care. 

He was admitted to hospital yesterday 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. 

The 55-year-old is not on a ventilator at the moment but he was moved to the ICU just in case he needs one later. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, April 6th

Niagara Region Public Health is reporting 149 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 33 resolved cases. 

Public Health reports the number of Niagara Region residents who have tested positive for the virus. 

 

Ontario is reporting 309 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths. 

This means we now have 4,347 cases across the province and our death toll is 132.

We also have 1,624 resolved cases. 

 

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton. 

Officials say three health care workers in the special care nursery have tested positive for the virus, but no babies or parents are symptomatic at this time. 

 

Applications are now open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

Those born between January and March can now apply.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says 240,000 people submitted applications in the first couple of hours. 

It offers 500-dollar per week to those who have lost all their income due to COVID-19. 

 

Students across Ontario will have to log into computers today to start online learning. 

Teachers will be conducting live and pre-recorded classes starting today.

The schools have been closed for over three weeks now. 

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says parents may have help younger students adjust to the change. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, April 6th

Applications are now open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. 

But, only people with birthdays between January and March can submit applications today. 

The government is splitting up the application days so the system doesn’t get overloaded and crash. 

The benefit is meant to help people out of work because of the pandemic who don’t qualify for traditional E.I. 

The taxable benefit will give people about $2,000 a month. 

 

Online learning is rolling out across the province starting today. 

School boards are touching base with families and make sure kids have access to the technology they need. 

Some school boards have already started to assign work, while others are still getting up and running. 

Schools in Ontario will be closed until at least May 4th. 

 

The Opposition Leader in Saskatchewan is urging everyone to wear cloth masks in public. 

NDP Leader Ryan Meili is a doctor and says when people have to go out, it could help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

He stresses that N-95 and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers. 

 

1:00 p.m. - Sunday, April 5th

A Palm Sunday Mass was held today by Pope Francis, without people.

The traditional ceremony in St. Peter's Square was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The outdoor mass usually brings in tens of thousands of people.

Pope Francis led the ceremony inside St. Peter's Basilica instead.

 

Close to 100 Canadians aboard another COVID-19 stricken cruise ship should be coming home today.

The Coral Princess arrived in Miami on Saturday with 97 Canadian passengers and two Canadian crew members aboard

Princess Cruises said people who are able to disembark would start today.

According to the company, a dozen people on the cruise ship have tested positive for the virus, while others have flu-like symptoms.

 

According to advocates, if more protections and social-distancing guidelines aren't extended to migrant agricultural workers the federal and provincial governments will face a "potential disaster.''

The warning comes days after 14 migrant workers tested positive for COVID-19 at a nursery in Kelowna, B.C.

Bylands Nursery says it has been "recognized as one of the best employers of temporary foreign workers in B-C."

 

8:00 a.m. - Sunday, April 5th

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam is continuing to warn people that COVID-19 is not exclusive to people over 70-years-old.

Tam says Canadians must be reminded to take this seriously.

Canada now has over 14,000 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases.

Over 230 Canadians have died from the virus.

 

A dozen of COVID-19 cases on board, including two fatalities, has caused another cruise ship to be docked in Florida.

99 Canadians are among the 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members aboard the Coral Princess.

Princess Cruises says anyone who needs to go the hospital will be able to the leave the ship first.

Those able to fly will start leaving today, while others who are show symptoms of the virus will stay on board until they're cleared by ship doctors.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador's awareness on the coronavirus has jumped after a cluster of cases were linked to a funeral home in St. John's.

About three quarters of the province's cases have been linked to services at Caul's Funeral Home held in mid-March.

The province's first death was also related to the funeral home on the same day funerals were banned.

Public health professor at Memorial University Dr. Catherine Donovan says the large numbers of people and interaction among people at funerals create conditions for contagion.

 

12:00 p.m. - Saturday, April 4th

Every province and territory in Canada has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

People are being encouraged to wash their hands by medical experts, including Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, and to give each other space and wear a mask if they're sick.

Ottawa has put international travel restrictions and is enforcing 14-day quarantines for travellers who are returning to Canada.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is looking for a way to help people deal with the fallout of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Trudeau's promise came after Finance Minister Bill Morneau said an aid package for the oil industry was "hours, potentially days away."

However when asked to comment on how many hours, Morneau's office did not say. 

 

Some parents are considering putting their children into home school as a result of the uncertainty of the future, along with having kids at homes.

Toronto-based family therapist and author Alyson Schafer says it's not a surprise home school associations have seen a rise in inquiries.

She says increase in online schools could also be possible.

 

8:00 a.m. - Saturday, April 4th

We can expect to hear more information on financial support to help those most vulnerable survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make an announcement later today.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Trudeau promised $100 million dollars for organizations that assist with providing food to Canadians who either can't afford groceries or have uncertain access to food and other basic needs.

Among them include Indigenous Peoples and remote northern populations.

Food Banks Canada, Salvation Army and Breakfast Club of Canada are among the groups that will receive the money.

 

Many parents are being introduced to home school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools are giving work to the students but the uncertainty has a lot of parents seeking more information about home-schooling.

Principal of the Centre for Learning at Home Paul Byrne has 2,200 students in Alberta.

He says his phone kept ringing once schools began closing and a significant increase in inquiries have been seen for the next school year.

 

Federal politicians hope 3-M defies an order from the Trump administration that would see N-95 masks stopped being sent to Canada.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the move has been denounced by Canada.

The masks are critical for health-care workers who are struggling against the COVID-19 pandemic, and 3-M is a major supplier to not only Canada but to Latin America as well.

3-M says there are significant human implications that are denying protective equipment to health-care workers during a global pandemic.

 

5:00 p.m. - Friday, April 3rd

Niagara Health is reporting two new deaths at its sites bringing its total to seven. 

The COVID-19 pandemic could have killed up to 100,000 people in Ontario without any intervention. 

Public Health officials released the province’s modeling projections earlier today. 

They say the virus could kill between 3,000 and 15,000 people and it could last two years. 

 

The Ford Government has decided to pull the plug on industrial projects. 

Only essential projects will be able to continue after midnight tomorrow night.

This includes hospitals and essential transit projects. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, April 3rd

The Niagara Region and the 12 local municipalities have declared a state of emergency. 

They have issued a joint statement that stresses the need for everyone to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

They’re enforcing the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and anyone who violates it could face a $750 fine per offence. 

It’s a $1,000 fine if you’re preventing someone else from abiding by it. 

 

Niagara Region Public Health is now reporting 99 cases of COVID-19 and 19 resolved cases. 

Public Health reports the number of local residents who have tested positive for the virus 

 

We have 462 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario which brings the province-wide total to 3,255. 

Officials are also reporting 14 new deaths which brings the death toll 67. 

We also have 1,023 resolved cases. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has been working with the U-S after the White House ordered 3M to stop delivering N95 respirators to Canada. 

He says it would be a big mistake to restrict staff, products and services from crossing the border in both directions. 

 

Trudeau also says his government will deliver additional aid through the GST credit this month. 

Qualifying low-income adults could receive up to $300 plus an extra $150 for each child. 

The money was supposed to be available in May. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, April 3rd

We will find out at noon today how bad things could get in Ontario. 

Premier Doug Ford will be releasing best and worst-case scenarios. 

These predictions are expected to be pretty grim. 

Ford was hesitant at first to release these numbers, but he says people need to know. 

He’s hoping it will serve as a wake-up call for those who aren’t taking the pandemic seriously. 

 

Ontario is encouraging Ottawa to release national projections on how bad COVID-19 pandemic could get. 

The federal Health Minister says 30 to 70 per cent of Canadians could get the virus. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says more data is needed before any national projections could be released. 

 

More than 10 per cent of mortgages in Canada have been deferred. 

That’s coming from the country’s six big banks, as millions of Canadians are looking for financial help. 

The banks have handled about half a million requests for help in the two weeks since they announced they would allow payments to be deferred for up to six months. 

 

 

5:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 2nd

Niagara Health is now reporting five COVID-19 related deaths. 

Ontario also announced 16 new deaths earlier today, which pushes the province-wide death toll over 50. 

About 130 have been reported across the country. 

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Teresa Tam says at least 50 of them were in long-term care homes.

She says we need to double down efforts to prevent the virus from spreading in vulnerable settings. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says the modelling data released tomorrow will be a real wake-up call. 

He says it’s going to show how many Ontarians could die from COVID-19 in a worst-case scenario. 

We have 401 new cases of the virus across Ontario which brings our province-wide total to 2,793.

Public Health is reporting 82 cases in Niagara Region residents. 

 

Niagara will receive $2.4-million in services relief funding from the Ford Government. 

The Region will decide how the money is distributed.

It could be sent to homeless shelters, food banks and emergency services. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 2nd

Public Health is now reporting 82 cases of COVID-19 in the Niagara Region 

We have 401 new cases of the virus across Ontario and 16 new deaths. 

This means we now have 2,793 across the province and our death toll is now over 50.

More than 400 people have been hospitalized; almost 170 are in urgent care and 112 of them are on ventilators. 

We now have more than 10,000  COVID-19 across the country and 127 reported deaths. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to hold a first ministers meeting tonight. 

He says it will be held remotely and they’re going to talk about Canada’s ongoing response to the pandemic. 

This may include discussions about the importance of sharing data. 

 

More than 11-million face masks have arrived in Canada over the past couple of days. 

Prime Minister Trudeau says they’re already being distributed to all the provinces and territories. 

He says his government has also ordered hundreds of thousands of face shields from Bauer.

Bauer is known for producing hockey equipment.

 

9:00 a.m. - Thursday, April 2nd

A new survey says over 300,000 restaurant jobs have been lost in Ontario. 

Restaurants Canada says the COVID-19 outbreak has hit the service industry hard, cutting 800,000 in the sector across the country. 

Nearly one in 10 restaurants in Canada have already closed their doors. 

 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will face questions from the Opposition today about the federal COVID-19 economic packages. 

He’ll address the House of Commons finance committee this afternoon. 

The Conservatives are calling on the feds to scrap the scheduled increase to the carbon tax. 

The NDP wants the government to give relief to Canadians who can’t afford to pay their rent. 

 

More than a thousand employees from the Canada Revenue Agency have volunteered to help man the phones when applications open for the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit on Monday. 

It’s expected about $300,000 Canadians a day will call to ask questions. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 1st

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the new wage subsidy program will cost about $71-billion.

It’s supposed to cover 75 percent of employee salaries for businesses that have lost at least 30 percent of their revenue during the pandemic. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to call parliament back for another sitting to approve the program. 

 

The Ford Government is setting aside $50-million for the Ontario Together Fund. 

It’s going to help businesses retool their operations so they can produce medical equipment and personal protective gear for front-line healthcare workers. 

The money will be going to the most viable, innovative proposals. 

Premier Doug Ford says it’s one of the most ambitious efforts undertaken by the province in generations. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Wednesday, April 1st

Public Health is now reporting 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Niagara Region. 

It says we also have 10 resolved cases at this time. 

Niagara Health reported 67 cases of the virus yesterday afternoon and four deaths. 

 

Ontario is reporting its largest single-day increase once again. 

We have 426 new cases of COVID-19., which brings the province-wide total to 2,392 

We also have close to 40 deaths and almost 700 resolved cases. 

Our Chief Medical Officer of Health is now suggesting mandated isolation for anyone with COVID-19 and their contacts. 

 

Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington is going to build a temporary COVID-19 unit. 

It’s going to be located on hospital grounds and it will include 93 beds. 

The Chief of Staff says it will allow the hospital to set aside its critical care beds for the sickest patients. 

 A spokeswoman for Ontario’s Health Minister says there is a critical need for hospitals to maximize their capacity. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to call Parliament back once again. 

He would like to pass additional economic measures to help the Canadian economy through the pandemic. 

He says it needs to be a team effort because it’s possibly the biggest social program in Canadian history. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Wednesday, April 1st

Canadians will find out more today about a new federal wage subsidy program. 

The information comes a day later than planned. 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau was supposed release more details yesterday, but that news conference was postponed. 

They needed more time to work out the finer details of the multi-billion dollar plan. 

 

It’s the first of the month and that means rent and mortgage payments are due for millions of Canadians. 

Despite hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions to cancel these payments during the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that’s not going to happen. 

The big banks are giving breaks to those who need it and some landlords are offering extensions until federal aid money comes through in the next few weeks. 

 

And a bus driver in Ottawa may have spread the virus, in the days before feeling sick. 

The driver is in isolation after a positive test, and the buses they drove are being deep cleaned. 

 

2:00 p.m. - Tuesday, March 31st

The Ford Government has decided to extend the closure of publicly funded schools until May 4th. 

Private schools, licensed childcare centres and EarlyON programs will remain closed until April 13th because the Declaration of Emergency will only allow those closures to be extended two-weeks at a time. 

Premier Doug Ford says he is prepared to extend the closures further if need be. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, March 31st

We now have 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Niagara Region.

Public health says we also have seven resolved cases at this time and two deaths.

 

Ontario announced 260 new cases of COVID-19 this morning, which brings the province-wide total to 1,966. 

We also have more than 500 resolved cases and more than 30 deaths.

 

The Ford Government has decided to close all outdoor amenities until at least April 13th to prevent the spread of the virus. 

This will affect playgrounds, dog parks, beaches and sports fields. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is allocating $2-billion to buy personal protective equipment from health care workers. 

He says Ottawa is also working with the private sector to purchase equipment for response efforts. 

Trudeau says the production of ventilators, masks and test kits is underway. 

 

The federal government has also decided to waive the monthly rent for 21 airport authorities for the rest of the year. 

This will affect PortsToronto which operates Billy Bishop airport 

 

Officials will meet in Florida today to decide if two cruise ships with multiple cases of COVID-19 should be able to dock. 

They have about 2,700 passengers and crew on board including about 250 Canadians. 

Florida’s Governor says the state's health care resources are already stretched too thin. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Tuesday, March 31st

Parents will find out more today on what the plans are for their children’s learning. 

Education Minister Stephen Lecce is set to speak alongside the Premier at 1:00 p.m. 

Schools could be closed for an extended period and the province is rolling out a way for kids to continue with their education. 

We expect some details on when kids might be going back to class and what this means for post-secondary education. 

The Minister of Colleges and Universities is also expected to speak. 

The State of Emergency has been extended in Ontario until at least April 13th. 

 

A moment of silence was held across Italy, to honour the dead in the country with the highest death toll from the pandemic. 

Italy has lost more than 11,500. 

Flags were lowered to half-mast and a minute of silence was held at noon across the country. 

 

The clocks have been reset and are counting down to a new date. 

The Tokyo Olympic countdown has 479 days to go. 

The opening ceremonies will be held on July 23rd of next year. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Monday, March 30th

Ontario is reporting 10 more deaths related to COVID-19. 

This means we now have more than 30 across the province. 

Health officials also reported 351 new cases of the virus in Ontario earlier today, which brings the province-wide total to more than 1,700. 

We have 34 cases of the virus in the Niagara Region and six resolved cases. 

There are more than 7,300 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus across Canada. 

 

Premier Doug Ford says the state of emergency in Ontario will be extended another two weeks. 

He adds his government will also re-evaluate it every 14-days. 

 

The federal government has been refraining from using the Emergencies Act to declare a national state of emergency. 

Pablo Rodriguez says it’s not currently on the table at this time. He’s the leader of the government in the House of Commons. 

 

 

12:00 p.m. - Monday, March 30th

We now have 34 cases of COVID-19 in Niagara and six resolved cases.

This is a significant increase compared to yesterday.

Public Health had reported 21 cases of the virus on Sunday.

 

Ontario is reporting 351 new cases of COVID-19. 

This brings our province-wide total to more than 1,700. 

We also have 23 deaths and more than 430 resolved cases. 

 

Canada’s new domestic travel restrictions are now in effect. 

This means anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be able to board a domestic flight or intercity passenger train. 

Passengers will be screened for the virus before they board. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released more information about the new wage subsidy program. 

He says it’s going to help businesses whose revenue has dropped by at least 30-percent during the pandemic. 

There’s also no restriction on the number of employees the company must employ.

It also applies to charities and non-profits. 

Ottawa is going to cover 75-percent of salary on the first $58,700 a person earns. 

 

A U-S Navy hospital ship has docked in the New York Habour. 

Several hospitals in New York City have been overrun with patients and the U-S-N-S Comfort is going to provide some relief. 

It was also sent to the city after 9/11.

It’s equipped with one-thousand beds and 12 operating rooms. 

It’s going to take care of non-coronavirus patients. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Monday, March 30th

New restrictions from the federal government go into place at noon today. 

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding for domestic flights and inter-city passenger rail traffic. 

Staff will be screening passengers. 

Commuter traffic won’t be affected, since that’s a provincial responsibility. 

 

Canadians will find out more today about the newly proposed federal wage subsidy program. 

The federal government announced on Friday that the subsidy would be boosted to 75 per cent, instead of the original 10 per cent. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to give more details later today. 

 

Six Nations of the Grand River is taking steps to protect its people and is restricting access to its territory. 

They are setting up blockades and checkpoints to control the flow of people in and out of its boundaries. 

Two people on the reserve have tested positive for the virus and are self-isolating. 

 

11:30 a.m. - Sunday, March 29th

 

We have 211 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, which brings the province-wide total to 1,326. 

The province is also reporting eight resolved cases. 

We have 21 deaths but two of them have not been lab-confirmed. 

 

8:30 a.m. - Sunday, March 29th

We now have more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. 

The province announced 151 new cases yesterday. 

Public Health says we have 14 in Niagara and three resolved cases. 

 

The Ford Government has decided to ban public gatherings of more than five people, but there are a few exemptions. 

Child Care Centres caring for the children of front-line workers will still be able to have up to 50 people. 

 

Premier Doug Ford has also announced new penalties for price gouging. 

Retailers who overcharge for essential items could face a fine up to $10,000 and corporations could be fined $10-million. 

 

Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to board a domestic flight or intercity passenger train within Canada, starting tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new travel restrictions yesterday. 

Pre-boarding checks will be done by airline and rail companies

Officials will ask travellers questions about their health, while looking for obvious signs of the virus. 

 

A Holland American cruise ship with cases of COVID-19 onboard is heading to Florida. 

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois Phillipe Champagne says it will be allowed through the Panama Canal. 

Several passengers have tested positive for the virus on the ship and four people have died. 

Global Affairs Canada says almost 250 Canadians are on board. 

 

8:30 a.m. - Saturday, March 28th

Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Seasons Retirement Community in Welland. 

A second case of the virus has been confirmed at the facility. 

The first case was a resident in their eighties and they started showing symptoms on March 18th. 

They remain in hospital in stable condition. 

The second case started showing symptoms this past Monday. 

 

We now have more than 4,700 cases of COVID-19 across Canada and more than 50 deaths. 

Most of the cases are in Quebec, Ontario, B-C and Alberta. 

Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer believes the pandemic could last months. 

He’s also predicting a second wave of infections. 

 

Health officials in Ontario would like to start conducting 5,000 COVID-19 tests per day by the end of the weekend. 

Lab testing sites have been opening across the province and they’re starting to make progress on a backlog of pending test results. 

The number dropped from nearly 11,000 yesterday to just over 10,000. 

 

4:00 p.m. - Friday, March 27th

Phones, radios and T-V's across Ontario sounded off at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. 

The province used the emergency alert system to remind all recent travellers to self-isolate for two weeks.

It said they should not visit stores, family or friends.

 

We now have more than 4,600 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 across Canada and more than 50 deaths. 

Nunavut is the only region in the country without a case so far.

More than 2,000 cases have been reported in Quebec.

Officials believe it's because Quebec's March Break is one week earlier than in other parts of the country.

165,000 tests have been conducted across Canada. 

Canada’s Deputy Health Officer says we have one of the highest testing rates in the world. 

 

1:00 p.m. - Friday, March 27th

Ontario is reporting 135 new cases of COVID-19 which brings the province-wide total to 993. 

Public Health says we have 12 cases in the Niagara Region and two resolved cases. 

We also have our first non-travel related case in Niagara. 

It’s a man in his thirties and he works at Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School in St. Catharines. 

He worked while he was infectious but Public Health says there was limited exposure. 

The Niagara Catholic District School Board is advising all staff and students to monitor their symptoms over the next two weeks. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Friday, March 27th

The federal government will increase payroll subsidies to small businesses to help prevent layoffs due to COVID-19. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will cover up to 75 percent of salaries. 

This is a significant increase compared to the original 10 percent plan. 

The subsidy will be retro-active to mid-March. 

 

The federal government has also decided to close all Service Canada centres. 

Several employees did not feel safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This should not affect those applying for Employment Insurance benefits because a majority of the applications can be filled out online. 

 

The Parliamentary Budget watchdog believes the federal deficit for the next fiscal year could jump from $89.5-billion to $112.7-billion due to COVID-19. 

This doesn’t even include the extra spending the government announced earlier this week to help workers affected by the pandemic. 

 

9:00 a.m. - Friday, March 27th

Hamilton Police have arrested an 18-year-old, after she faked having COVID-19. 

She worked at a McDonald’s, which was forced to close. 

All of the employees were sent home to self-isolate and the restaurant needed to be sanitized by a professional cleaning team. 

The woman was arrested and faces a number of charges after it was found the doctor’s note was a fake. 

 

The U.S. has surpassed China and Italy to become the world leader in confirmed Coronavirus cases. 

The number of cases has skyrocketed to more than 85,000. 

More than a thousand people have died from the virus in the States. 

Meanwhile, the U.S. government is rolling out a $2.2-trillion aid package to help the economy during the outbreak. 

It’s the largest aid package in history. 

 

Britain’s Prime Minister has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Boris Johnson is in self-isolation and working from home. 

He has mild symptoms including a fever and a persistent cough. 

Prince Charles tested positive for the virus earlier this week.  He too has mild symptoms. 

 

4:00 P.M. - Thursday, March 26th

The G20 leaders will be injecting $4.8-trillion into the global economy to counteract the social and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says they’re vowing to work together to fight the coronavirus. 

We now have more than half-a-million cases of the virus worldwide. 

More than 80,500 people have been infected in Italy. 

About 70,000 people have been infected in the United States

There are more than 3,800 cases of the virus in Canada. 

 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau would like the big banks to take action and help struggling Canadians pay their bills. 

But none of them have offered to cut credit card interest rates. 

 

Ontarians will be able to order alcohol with their food takeout and delivery orders. 

But AGCO says this only applies to bars and restaurants with a liquor licence and they will have to make sure they don’t sell alcohol to anyone underage. 

This is a temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

12:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 26th

We have 170 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, which brings the province-wide total to 858. 

This is our largest single-day spike in cases so far 

We also have two new cases in Niagara; a woman in her forties and a man in his twenties. 

The woman had recently got back from a Caribbean cruise and the man had recently travelled to Costa Rica, Spain and the United States. 

They’re both self-isolating. 

We now have 10 confirmed cases of the virus in the Niagara Region. 

There are more than 3,500 confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus across Canada and close to 500,000 worldwide. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would like banks and credit card companies to lower their interest rates for struggling families during the COVID-19 crisis. 

He says the government is also looking at extending lower interest credit directly to consumers. 

 

A Newfoundland woman is back in police custody for refusing to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 53-year-old was released from custody yesterday and now she has been arrested a second time. 

She recently returned after travelling outside the province and she has been charged with failing to abide by a provincial order 

 

9:00 a.m. Update - Thursday, March 26th

G-20 world leaders will meet over video conference today. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other global leaders will talk about coordinating international efforts to contain the virus and mitigate impacts to the global economy. 

Trudeau is also expected to give Canadians more details on the newly passed Canada Emergency Response Benefit and the $107-billion dollar aid package. 

 

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association is calling for workable safety rules for migrant farm workers. 

Farm work is an essential service, but at times it’s hard to keep a six-foot distance. 

Every day that passes increases the risk that crops won’t be planted in time and that will impact Canadians at the grocery store. 

 

Nestle Canada is giving its employee a raise. 

It’s for the workers in the factories and the distribution centres across the country. 

The temporary raise of $3 an hour will be retroactive to March 16th. 

If a shutdown happens, Nestle employees will get eight weeks of full pay. 

 

5:00 p.m. Update - Wednesday, March 25th

The Ford Government is planning to spend $17-billion to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It will set aside another $1-billion for hospitals and $75-million to buy protective gear for front line healthcare workers. 

The province is also establishing a $1-billion contingency fund. 

This was all included in today’s fiscal update. 

 

The Federal Government is introducing a mandatory 14-day isolation period for those who recently travelled outside the country. 

This will apply to anyone who arrives in Canada after midnight tonight. 

Essential workers coming from the United States will be exempt. 

 

Ontario is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19. 

This includes a woman in Niagara. She’s in her forties and she recently visited the United States. 

She is now self-isolating. 

We now have eight cases of the virus in the Region and 688 across the province. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his wife has recovered from COVID-19. 

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau contracted the virus while she was un the U-K and she has been in isolation for two weeks. 

The Prime Minister and their two children are still symptom-free. 

 

1:30 p.m. Update - Wednesday, March 25th

The Federal Government is introducing a mandatory 14-day isolation period for those who recently travelled outside the country. 

This will apply to anyone who arrives in Canada after midnight tonight.

Essential workers coming from the U.S. will be exempt.

 

Ottawa is now setting aside $52-billion to help support Canadians feeling the financial impact of COVID-19. 

The government was originally planning to spend $27-billion. 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the increase is all thanks to a new approach to benefits. 

It’s going to provide up to $2,000 per month for up to four months. 

 

Ontario is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19. 

This includes a woman in Niagara. She’s in her forties and she recently visited the United States. 

She is now self-isolating. 

We now have eight cases of the virus in the Niagara Region and 688 across the province. 

Officials are also reporting another death in the province, which brings our death toll to nine. 

 

Niagara Health is reporting the first COVID-19 related death in the Region. 

An 84-year-old man has died and he was the Region’s first case of the virus. 

 

The Ford Government will release it’s next fiscal update today. 

Finance Minister Rod Phillips says it will focus on supporting Ontario’s health care system. 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his wife is feeling much better. 

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, after a trip to the U-K. 

The Trudeaus have been in isolation ever since. 

 

12:00 p.m. Update - Wednesday, March 25th

Ontario is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19.

This includes a woman in Niagara. She's in her forties and she recently visited the United States.

She is now self isolating.

We now have eight cases of the virus in the Niagara Region and 688 across the province.

Health officials are also reporting another death in Ontario, which brings the province-wide death toll to nine.

 

The Ford Government will release its next fiscal update today.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips says it will focus on supporting Ontario's health care system.

 

Niagara Health is reporting the first COVID-19 related death in the Niagara Region.

An 84-year-old man has died and he was the Region's first case of the virus.

 

The Liberal Government's 82-billion-dollar emergency aid bill is now on its way to the Senate.

It was approved in the House of Commons earlier today.

It will set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for health care costs and it will also boost employment insurance.

 

Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials say he's only showing mild symptoms and he is now self-isolating.

His wife Camilla has tested negative for the virus.

The 93-year-old Queen is in good health and she remains at her home in Windsor.

 

 

9:00 a.m. Update - Wednesday, March 25th

The House of Commons has passed emergency legislation to bring federal aid to Canadians. 

The $82-billion aid package includes expansions to E.I. and a boost to the Canada Child Benefit. 

It also gives tax deferrals and support for businesses and families. 

The bill is now off to the Senate. 

 

A new poll says nearly half of Canadians have lost work over the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Almost another 20 per cent expect to lose work soon. 

About half of those out of work aren’t being paid by their employer and are struggling to get support through E.I. 

 

Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The 71-year-old heir to the British throne has mild symptoms and is in self-isolation at an estate in Scotland. 

His wife Camilla has tested negative for the virus. 

The Queen hasn’t seen Charles since March 12th.  She’s in good health at Windsor Castle.

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