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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in CanadaThe latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:05 p.m. ET on April 5, 2020:There are 15,443 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada._ Quebec: 7,944 confirmed (including 94 deaths, 464 resolved)_ Ontario: 4,038 confirmed (including 119 deaths, 1,449 resolved)_ British Columbia: 1,203 confirmed (including 38 deaths, 673 resolved)_ Alberta: 1,126 confirmed (including 20 deaths, 196 resolved), 55 presumptive_ Nova Scotia: 262 confirmed (including 53 resolved)_ Saskatchewan: 249 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 67 resolved)_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 217 confirmed (including 1 death, 28 resolved)_ Manitoba: 187 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 17 resolved), 16 presumptive_ New Brunswick: 101 confirmed (including 28 resolved)_ Prince Edward Island: 22 confirmed (including 6 resolved)_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed_ Yukon: 6 confirmed_ Northwest Territories: 4 confirmed (including 1 resolved)_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases_ Total: 15,443 (71 presumptive, 15,372 confirmed including 277 deaths, 2,982 resolved)The Canadian Press


Queen makes rare public speech in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Queen makes rare public speech in response to COVID-19 pandemicWINDSOR, United Kingdom — Queen Elizabeth II addressed Great Britain, the Commonwealth, and the world in a rare speech calling for unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Queen thanked front-line workers fighting the global pandemic and encouraged people to stay home in the statement issued on Sunday. Although the speech focused on Great Britain, the Queen appealed to anyone watching her."While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour using the greatest advances of science, and our instinctive compassion to heal," she said. "We will succeed. And that success will belong to every one of us. We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return."We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again."The Queen has addressed the Commonwealth every Christmas Day since she ascended to the throne in 1952, but it's only the fifth time in her 68-year reign that she has spoken specifically to rally Britons.She also addressed Great Britain at the beginning of the first Gulf War in February 1991, on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in September 1997 on the death of the Queen Mother in April 2002, and in June 2012 to celebrate her own Diamond Jubilee.The Queen, 93, noted that her very first public address was made in 1940 when she and her sister, Princess Margaret, addressed other children displaced by the Second World War."Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones," she said in the statement that was recorded on Thursday at Windsor Castle, her main residence. "But now, as then, we know deep down that it is the right thing to do."Unity was the primary theme of the Queen's speech, stressing the importance of restrictions on public gatherings and slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus."Together we are tackling this disease and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it," she said. "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge." This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 5, 2020.The Canadian Press


Bars, cannabis sector eligible for $40B credit program from government bank

Bars, cannabis sector eligible for $40B credit program from  government bankTORONTO — Devastated bars and lounges as well as the country's hard-hit cannabis sector will have access to $40 billion in new credit being made available via the government's business bank during the COVID-19 crisis, its CEO said on Sunday.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Michael Denham said the program from the Business Development Bank of Canada would now be open to all businesses."Any legal business is eligible to be part of the program — that was what I think some industry groups were concerned about," Denham said from Montreal. "That was clarified and we're going to formally announce it on Monday."Applicants must go through their own banks to access the program.The business development bank is a federal corporation with a loan portfolio of about $35 billion. The $40-billion credit availability program will be in addition to that, Denham said.Although it backstops higher risk loans than banks do, the Crown corporation does aim to be commercially viable. Those approaching their financial institutions for access to the program will have to show they would have been able to handle a loan before the coronavirus hit.The development bank, which has about 60,000 clients, has been making other changes given the unprecedented impact of the pandemic, Denham said. It has lowered its interest rates, waived fees, and increased the amount of risk it is taking on with its loans."All these changes are meant to make ourselves as easy and accessible within the confines of BDC being a lender," Denham said. "We're doing what we need to do."Struggling businesses have been pressing for deferment of existing loan obligations as well as access to capital loans to help them weather the COVID storm.The restaurant sector has been particularly hard hit by widespread closures governments and health authorities have ordered in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. A recent survey suggested almost one in 10 restaurants had already closed, and nearly one in five expected to close if conditions didn't improve quickly.The cannabis industry, which had been struggling pre-pandemic, has also had stores close, although online sales continue.The development bank has seen a flood of new applicants in recent weeks. As many applications have come in via its online financing platform since the start of the crisis in mid-March as would normally be received in a full year."That's indicative of the amount of demand and volume we need to need to deal with," Denham said. "We're organizing ourselves to be able to deal with that level of volume, because of the intensity of the crisis."Like many other Canadians, the development bank's 2,300 employees were sent home on Friday, March 13. The organization reopened for business on the following Monday, with staff working remotely.Meanwhile, applications for federal government relief benefits are expected to start flooding in Monday as people who have lost their jobs begin applying for emergency pay. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said people would start getting their $2,000 a month within five days if they used direct deposit."My advice to all entrepreneurs: Understand the programs, talk to your bank, see what's right for you, and take advantage," Denham said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 5, 2020.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press


The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest developments on COVID-19 in CanadaThe latest news on the COVID-19 global pandemic (all times Eastern):3:15 p.m.Queen Elizabeth II addressed Britain, the Commonwealth and the world in a statement issued today, calling for unity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.Promising "we will meet again," the Queen thanked front-line workers fighting the global pandemic and encouraged people to stay home.Although the Queen addresses the Commonwealth every Christmas morning, it's only the fifth time in her 68-year reign that she has spoken specifically to rally Britons.The statement, which was under five minutes, was recorded Thursday at Windsor Castle, the Queen's main residence.\---2:10 p.m.Canada is increasing its international aid to help stop COVID-19 by more than $100 million. International Development Minister Karina Gould said Sunday another $109.5 million will be allocated, on top of $50 million the government announced earlier in March.She said $30 million will respond to requests for help from specific countries, $40 million will go to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations co-oridinating the world's efforts to find a vaccine for COVID-19, and $84.5 million will be split between a number of international groups including the World Health Organization, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme.2:05 p.m.New Brunswick is reporting three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province's total to 101 confirmed cases.Of the 101 cases, 58 are travel-related, and 32 are close contacts of confirmed cases.However, five cases are the result of community transmission and six cases remain under investigation.To date, 28 people have recovered from the viral illness.\---2 p.m.The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador says he's furious with U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting the country could ban exports of medical supplies to Canada.Dwight Ball told a news conference today that the province gained international acclaim for the way its residents helped thousands of stranded airline passengers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001.Ball says that when the United States was in crisis, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians "acted fast and did what was necessary."The premier said even though he was "infuriated" with Trump's actions, he insisted that the people of the province wouldn't hesitate to repeat what they did during 9/11.\---1:55 p.m.Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez is asking Parliament to figure out how the House of Commons can move to virtual sittings for conducting regular business.The House was suspended until April 20 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and was recalled with a smaller number of MPs to pass an emergency aid bill to respond to COVID-19. It will be recalled again in the next week to pass additional measures.Most provinces are extending physical distancing measures well into May at this point, suggesting a return for the House in two weeks is unlikely.House Leader Pablo Rodriguez is asking Speaker Anthony Rota for advice on how the House might be able to use virtual sittings.\---1:20 p.m.Quebec Premier Francois Legault is extending the closure of non-essential businesses in the province to May 4.Legault says COVID-19 is still on an upward slope in Quebec and it would be unrealistic to keep to the original April 13 end date.The premier announced there were 19 new deaths in Quebec, for a total of 94, and 947 new cases for a total of 7,944.He says he hopes the number of new cases in the province will peak in the coming weeks.\---12:45 p.m.Canada's public health chief says hospitals should not throw away used masks and other protective equipment because experts are looking to see if they can be disinfected and reused.Dr. Theresa Tam says protecting health care workers is one of her top priorities in the COVID-19 pandemic.She says there is work underway looking for the best science that can be used to decontaminate used masks and other equipment.\---12:25 p.m.Nova Scotia is reporting 26 new cases of COVID-19. The province's total now stands at 262 confirmed cases.With the virus now spreading in communities, the province has ramped up testing at the province's main laboratory, where processing of results will be a 24-7 operation as of Monday.Health officials say six individuals are being treated in hospital, though 53 have already recovered from the viral infection.\---12 p.m.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced details for a cash payment for Canadians out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accepted starting Monday, offering Canadians who have lost their jobs because of the crisis $2,000 a month.Trudeau says it will take three to five days for the money to arrive by direct deposit or 10 days by mail.\---11:45 a.m.Police in Sherbrooke, Que., say a Walmart security guard is fighting for his life after being struck and dragged by a driver who was allegedly enraged by the store's social distancing policies.They say the incident occurred at about 5 p.m. Saturday when the suspect tried to enter the Walmart with his partner but was told only one person per vehicle was allowed inside.Police spokesman Martin Carrier says the client allegedly became frustrated and struck the 35-year-old guard with his vehicle, dragging him several metres.\---11:35 a.m.Another resident of Pinecrest Nursing Home has died, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the central Ontario seniors' residence to 23.A wife of a resident at the nursing home in Bobcaygeon, Ont, has also died.It is one of the worst outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in the country.At least 24 staff members at the facility have also tested positive for COVID-19.\---11:05 a.m.Another 25 people in Ontario have died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the provincial death toll for the virus to 119.The fatalities come as the overall known caseload jumped past the 4,000 mark with more than 400 new ones reported. More than 150 people were on ventilators.More than three dozen outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes across the province. The frail elderly are at particular risk for coronavirus, which can produce no or mild symptoms, but can also cause lethal pneumonia.The Canadian Press


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