COVID-19: Ontario sees 426 new instances; Trudeau seems to be to recall Parliament for COVID-19 assist

File photo/ A health care worker speaks to a test patient, a staff member portraying the role of a patient to ensure the assessment systems are working, at an assessment table as they prepare for the opening of the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena in Ottawa,  Friday, March 13, 2020.

What you want to know, at a look

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to be to recall Parliament to contemplate expanded COVID-19 assist
  • Trudeau additionally provides extra particulars on how one can apply for the brand new emergency profit
  • Ontario sees bounce of 426 reported instances to convey province’s complete to 2,392
  • Non-essential journey shall be restricted between Gatineau and Ottawa, because the Quebec authorities proclaims new stringent measures
  • OC Transpo bus driver assessments constructive for COVID-19

The variety of confirmed instances of COVID-19 in Ontario is now effectively over 2,000, in line with new information launched Wednesday morning by the province.

There have been 2,392 confirmed instances of the novel coronavirus, with 37 deaths and 689 resolved instances reported by the provincial ministry of well being — a bounce of 426 instances and 4 deaths from Tuesday.

(The province is now reporting up to date case information each day, primarily based on data pulled from a provincial illness reporting database at four p.m. the day prior to this.)

Of the two,392 confirmed instances reported by the province on Wednesday, 11.three per cent have been hospitalized, and three.eight per cent have required intensive care.

As for the age breakdown of confirmed instances, 2.three per cent are these aged 19 and below, 30.three per cent are between age 20 and 39, 35.5 per cent are between 40 and 59, 25.four per cent are between 60 and 79, and 6.four per cent are aged 80 and older.

Almost 58,000 individuals have been examined for COVID-19 in Ontario, whereas check outcomes are pending for three,135.

Public well being officers have stated they’re persevering with to ramp up testing capability, and whittle down the backlog of sufferers ready to obtain their assessments outcomes.

This information comes with caveats – it’s a point-in-time snapshot that may rapidly grow to be outdated, and solely contains instances reported to public well being and recorded within the ministry’s illness reporting database. For instance, the province has confirmed 12 outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care houses, leading to 230 instances of the illness and 12 deaths. In the meantime, there have been 13 deaths reported at a single long-term care dwelling in Bobcaygeon on Tuesday.

In the meantime in Ottawa,

an OC Transpo bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19

, and the transit company is alerting riders who could have travelled on affected buses between March 18 and 20. Particulars will be discovered


. Transpo will attain out to those that could have been in shut contact with the motive force.

On Tuesday, Ottawa Public Well being reported a complete of 144 confirmed instances of COVID-19 within the metropolis, and three deaths.

The 2 most up-to-date deaths, introduced this week, have been residents on the Promenade retirement residence in Orléans, considered one of 4 native retirement or long-term care houses coping with confirmed outbreaks of the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus.

Usually, statistics for official diagnoses needs to be seen with warning. Testing doesn’t observe down all instances in a group as a result of the gentle signs most individuals have aren’t distinguishable from frequent colds, and since public well being can’t check massive numbers of individuals.

In the meantime, the Ontario authorities introduced late Tuesday that anybody charged with violating provincial emergency orders – primarily associated to group gatherings and enterprise/facility closures – should establish themselves if requested by an official implementing the principles. That could possibly be a police officer or perhaps a bylaw officer, in Ottawa.

Failure to take action may imply a high-quality of as much as $1,000.


The Canada Emergency Response Profit will open for functions beginning April 6, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced Wednesday. However in the event you’re receiving the federal authorities’s wage subsidy via your employer, you may’t obtain the emergency profit. “It’s one or the opposite,” Trudeau stated.

Candidates can telephone or register at

for the profit. Choose direct deposit on-line and you may obtain funds inside three to 5 days, stated Trudeau. Cheques within the mail could take as much as per week to reach.

All you’ll must do to proceed receiving the profit shall be to test in month-to-month, confirming you’re nonetheless out of labor. Should you’ve already utilized for EI, you do not want to take additional motion.

“I can guarantee you everybody will get their cash,” stated Trudeau.

The emergency response profit will present $2,000 month-to-month, for as much as 4 months. The wage subsidy will cowl as much as 75 per cent of worker wages to a most of $847 weekly. Trudeau has urged employers to cowl the remaining 25 per cent of wages, if they will.

Trudeau says he’s planning to name Parliament again for one more sitting to cross extra measures to assist the Canadian economic system via the COVID-19 pandemic.

He says the complete authorities must be concerned within the largest financial program in Canada’s historical past.

Not like another international locations, who’ve barred residents from returning, Trudeau stated the federal government nonetheless needs Canadians overseas to return dwelling, even when meaning they’re probably bringing again COVID-19. He highlighted the obligatory 14-day self-quarantine expectation for returning travellers, and stated that if individuals adhere to this, “we aren’t considerably growing the danger to everybody else.”

“In Canada, we attempt to look out for one another,” stated Trudeau.

Later Wednesday, Finance Minister Invoice Morneau will present extra particulars at a finance committee in regards to the federal authorities’s new wage subsidy program for individuals who have discovered themselves out of a job resulting from COVID-19.

Federal authorities statistics report eight,536 confirmed instances of COVID-19 and 96 deaths throughout Canada, as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Quebec and rural

The Province of Quebec has introduced a stringent set of non-essential journey restrictions, efficient at midday Wednesday, as a part of its try to battle the unfold of COVID-19 — together with management factors on the bridges between Ottawa and Gatineau.

“The Sûreté du Québec is working carefully with the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau and the Service de sécurité publique de la MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais in an effort to put in place frequent measures to restrict the actions that shall be managed on a random foundation by police forces,” stated the press launch.

It famous that the measures won’t have an effect on health-care companies, and companies important for the continuity of commerce.

Two individuals have died within the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark space resulting from COVID-19, the native well being unit

reported Tuesday night

– a person dwelling on the Almonte Nation Haven Dwelling, the place a COVID-19 outbreak was introduced over the weekend, and a girl who was dwelling at dwelling and died in hospital. The well being unit described each as older people with underlying well being circumstances.

“The deaths remind us how essential it’s to guard the susceptible members in our group,” stated Dr. Paula Stewart, the tri-county space’s medical officer of well being. Earlier Tuesday, the well being unit was reporting 29 instances of COVID-19 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, together with two from one other outbreak at a long-term care facility in Perth.

— With recordsdata type Postmedia and The Canadian Press