The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

COVID-19: the latest

The latest news on the COVID-19 global pandemic (all times Eastern):

1:21 p.m.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the province recorded 25 more deaths related to COVID-19 since the day prior, bringing the provincial total to 61.

But Legault said today the majority of the new recorded deaths did not occur in the past 24 hours, because the province had been investigating 20 prior fatalities to see whether they had been the result of COVID-19.

The premier says the province recorded an additional 583 positive cases of COVID-19, for a total of 6,101, and another 64 hospitalizations including 26 patients in intensive care.

Legault says medical authorities are planning to present to the public a series of projections related to COVID-19 next Tuesday.

1:12 p.m.

Canada's top public health official is urging people to have caution when looking at provincial models for how COVID-19 will develop.

Ontario released its projections for the best and worst case scenarios of the crisis.

Dr. Theresa Tam says people should remember they are just that, projections, and not real data.

She says both must be examined to get an accurate picture of where the virus is headed.

12:57 p.m.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu says Canada is paying inflated prices for personal protective equipment.

She says the global market is extremely competitive as every country vies for the limited supply.

She says Canada is keeping an eye on the cost, but is focused on getting what’s needed.

Health Canada is also taking measures to guard against fraud and counterfeit PPE that’s being produced.

12:51 p.m.

The 2020 edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The flagship event that draws musicians and fans from around the world was set to open June 25.

The festival's general manager says the decision to cancel it, as well as a festival of francophone music set for June, was necessary to protect the public, artists and festival staff.

The announcement comes the same day Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival announced it will be postponed until the fall, opening Sept. 29.

12:49 p.m.

Canada’s top public health official says authorities are reviewing their policies in light of new studies about the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Some studies have found that people without symptoms are able to transmit the virus.

Dr. Theresa Tam says those studies have only been released in the last few days and weeks, and are being reviewed.

She says they may have implications for policies in long-term care settings in particular.

12:42 p.m.

Prince Edward Island is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 Friday, leaving the provincial total at 22.

Chief medical officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, says four people have recovered.

She says more than 1,000 tests have been done on the Island.

Morrison says extra people have been hired to help staff the 811 Tele-care line.

12:36 p.m.

There are 12 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador, bringing the provincial total to 195.

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, chief medical officer of health, says the cases announced Friday are all in the Eastern Health region.

Fitzgerald says eleven people are in the hospital due to the virus and 11 people have recovered.

12:36 p.m.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says the government is planning to ‘pull out all the stops’ to press the U.S. on its plans to limit supplies to Canada.

The White House ordered manufacturer 3M not to ship N95 respirators across the border to Canada.

Freeland says Canada will push back hard.

She says all ministers are in touch with their U.S. counterparts and the provincial premiers have also been asked to get involved.

12:32 p.m.

The Manitoba government is letting people hurt by the COVID-19 economic fallout avoid penalties and interest on some utility payments and property taxes.

Premier Brian Pallister says there will be a six-month period, until Oct. 1, in which people can defer payments to Crown-owned hydroelectric, natural gas and auto insurance agencies without interest or penalties.

Pallister says he is also working with municipalities so that interest is not charged for six months on the provincial education property tax and school division fees.

The province is also funding 140 new beds at homeless shelters, and repurposing a vacant public housing building to allow for social distancing.

12:24 p.m.

Canada’s top public health official says 4 per cent of tests for COVID-19 have been confirmed positive.

The percentage has slowly climbed by one percentage point over the course of the week.

Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada is also seeing a sharper increase in deaths.

So far, she says the health system is coping.

11:56 a.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting 14 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 207 confirmed cases.

Health officials say five people are currently in hospital, while 21 people have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved.

Most cases in Nova Scotia are connected to travel or a known case, with one confirmed case of community transmission and more expected in the future.

Officials say testing done to date has resulted in 8,234 negative results.

11:32 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will be delivering additional aid to low-income people through the GST credit sooner than expected.

The government initially announced the money would be available in May, but Trudeau now says the money will be delivered this month.

Every qualifying adult will receive up to $300, plus $150 for each child.

11:24 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government would donate $100 million to meet urgent food needs across the country, including in northern and Indigenous communities.

He says the money will help buy and deliver food to the people who need it most.

The organizations who will receive funding include Food Banks Canada, The Breakfast Club of Canada, The Salvation Army and others.

11 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 462 more COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total number in the province to 3,255.

Health officials also reported 14 more deaths, bringing the toll to 67.

There are also 192 more resolved cases for a new total of 1,023.

10:11 a.m.

The growing movement in British Columbia and across Canada to salute health care workers by clapping and making noise each evening at 7 p.m. will gain even more volume tonight.

A statement from the Chamber of Shipping, the voice for the marine industry on Canada's west coast, says all ships in B.C. waters will sound their horns in solidarity.

The statement says the audible celebration is noteworthy because ship crews are also working to maintain essential transportation networks.

The chamber says vessels move critical cargo directly supporting medical efforts or supplying communities to ensure they continue to function.

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