Good evening – here are the coronavirus updates you need to know tonight.
- Hunt is on for drugs that hit COVID-19 where it’s most vulnerable
- Officials investigate after 31 die in Montreal nursing home during coronavirus pandemic
- House approves emergency wage subsidy, senate expected to pass this evening
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Coronavirus in Canada
In Canada, there have been at least 23,318 cases reported, which is more than double the number from 9 days ago. There have also been at least 6,650 recoveries and 652 deaths. Health officials have administered more than 416,484 tests.
- Calgary’s McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre says staffing levels are stabilizing after COVID-19 outbreak
- Marc Miller, federal minister of Indigenous Services says even though the number of COVID-19 cases on reserves remains low, no one should be complacent
- British Columbia’s top public health doctor Dr. Bonnie Henry called on residents to avoid travel and resist the urge to spend the Easter long weekend with loved ones outside their households as the province reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths.
Physicians across the country are relaxing their prescribing practices around medical treatment for opioid addictions in a bid to bolster physical distancing by cutting down on urinary drug screens and increasing the amount of methadone they give patients to take at home without supervision.
For seven years, Felix Li served on the distant front lines of Canadian public health, in China. So, a few days after the Jan. 23 lockdown of Wuhan, he sent an e-mail to the Public Health Agency of Canada offering his expertise. Instead, the PHAC has relied heavily on the World Health Organization.
Coronavirus around the world
Worldwide, there have been at least 1,765,134 cases confirmed, 401,410 recoveries and 108,169 deaths reported.
- Some U.S. churches argue that the right to freedom of religion under the First Amendment of the Constitution allows them to keep their doors open.
- A teenager from the Yanomami Indigenous tribe has been killed by the new coronavirus in Brazil, the Health Ministry said Friday, raising alarms about the spread of the virus into protected lands.
- The northern Mexico border state of Baja California closed a plant run by the Anglo-American health care firm Smiths Medical Friday for allegedly refusing to sell ventilators to Mexican hospitals.
Question: Could the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program lead Canada toward offering a universal basic income?
Answer: David Macdonald, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, says he still views the CERB as more similar to employment insurance than a universal basic income. Tammy Schirle, professor of economics at Wilfrid Laurier University agrees that employment insurance could very well evolve to better cover contract workers, but says she is skeptical about the notion of a permanent floor being set on benefits. “I still think people still tend to have a sense of the deserving and the undeserving poor,” she said.
An act of kindness
Greenhouses needed to find ways to use their blooms – and new buyers for them – or else the plants would end up in the compost and they’d be out income. Anonymous donors, along with charities and churches, have come to the rescue, delivering hundreds of thousands of plants to homes, hospitals and long-term care homes for the the Easter holiday.
Have you witnessed or performed acts of kindness in your neighbourhood? Share your stories, photos and videos and they might be included in The Globe and Mail. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian artist J.E.H. MacDonald painted this cheerful view of a midsummer garden in troubled times. The sketch, from the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, was completed during the First World War, in 1915 or 1916, at Usher Farm in York Mills, which at that time was countryside north of Toronto. Today, we face some echoes of those years that called for collective forbearance during a time of profound anxiety. And, like the painter in the garden, we can still take consolation from nature - or its representation, as The Globe and Mail revives its year-end holiday card tradition for this long weekend, one of reflection and renewal.
More globe reporting and opinion
- As it has done to so much else, COVID-19 has radically affected our reading lives
- The pandemic threatens to rob us of a proper goodbye when someone we love lies dying. One of the most enduring human rituals – the deathbed vigil – is changing.
- Education observers are realizing that even though teachers across the country can send work to students, hold video chats and telephone calls, even the very best educators will struggle to overcome the loss of one key element: the school building.
- As the bleak reality of quarantined life sinks in, social media has been awash with a new brand of humble brag from people stuck in the house, and wanting to share.
- Dave Williams: “Recalling the images of the Earth from afar, the lessons I learned in space resonate with me during this difficult time.”
- Grant Bishop: “The plunge in global oil demand from COVID-19 shutdowns worldwide represents an existential challenge for Canada’s petroleum producers”
- Here’s what you should do if you are newly laid off; how to apply for CERB, EI, and other financial benefits; and other coronavirus and employment questions answered.
- How to minimize damage to your credit score; how to manage retirement anxiety during difficult times; and things to think about if you’re considering home delivery.
- Here are the expectations for self-isolation; tips for managing anxiety; and protecting your mental health.
- How to get social distancing right; measures condo buildings are taking to encourage social distancing; and what you can do to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
- Here are the essentials to stock up on and how to shop safely for groceries; the best pantry staples; foods to eat to maintain an immune system-friendly diet; and how to keep a healthy diet while working from home.
- How to break a bad habit (like touching your face) and what to do if you think you have the virus.