The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

COVID-19: the latest

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

12:45 p.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador isn't reporting any new cases of COVID-19, leaving the provincial total at 258.

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, chief medical officer of health, says four people remain in hospital with two of them in intensive care.

There have been three COVID-19 related deaths so far in the province and Fitzgerald says 222 people have recovered.

Premier Dwight Ball says people need to continue to follow the public health guidelines.

12:17 p.m.

Federal forecasting data suggests that by May 5, as many as 3,883 people could die due to COVID-19.

And by the same date, there could be as many as 66,835 cases in Canada.

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the initial models released on April 9 under-predicted the number of deaths in Canada.

But she says with a large number of outbreaks occurring in long-term care homes, there has been a higher fatality rate.

12:02 p.m.

The chief public health officer for Canada is giving an update this hour on national projections for the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. Theresa Tam says so far, 740,000 tests have been carried out, with about 20,000 people getting tested daily.

Seven per cent have tested positive.

Tam says the new models are planning tools that allow illness rates to be forecasted in the short term and to allow public health measures to be adjusted.

11:30 a.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting three more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the province's total to 27.

Health officials are also reporting 15 new cases of the virus bringing the total of confirmed cases to 915.

The province says the newly reported deaths occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax, which has been hardest hit by the disease.

There are 10 licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors facilities in Nova Scotia with cases of COVID-19, involving 218 residents and 95 staff.

Nova Scotia has registered 26,902 negative test results, while 522 people have recovered.

11:16 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says six million surgical masks will be shipped to the provinces and territories this week.

He says 100,000 face shields are also on the way soon.

Trudeau says ensuring workers have the right protective equipment is essential to helping businesses reopen.

11:10 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in many parts of Canada the COVID-19 curve has flattened.

He says that's the bottom line of new federal modelling data being released today.

But he says while the measures taken so far to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus are working, Canadians can't let up.

He says a coming national framework for easing up on some of those measures is based on ensuring COVID-19 can be contained.

10:35 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 525 new COVID-19 cases today, and 59 more deaths.

That ends three consecutive days of declining numbers of new cases.

The new provincial total of 15,381 cases is an increase of 3.5 per cent over the previous day's total and includes 951 deaths and 8,964 resolved cases.

Hospitalizations went up, but the numbers of people in intensive care and on ventilators declined slightly.

8:20 a.m.

More than three dozen organizations from across British Columbia and Canada are demanding an immediate inquest into the April 15th death of an inmate due to COVID-19.

The unnamed man died at Mission Institution east of Vancouver -- where 106 inmates have now tested positive for the virus -- and he became Canada's first reported COVID-related death of a federal prisoner.

Thirty-eight groups representing human rights, prisoners' rights, health and legal interests have sent a letter to B.C.'s chief coroner and solicitor general saying an immediate inquest is in the public interest.

They say inmates cannot be allowed to die in prison from the "ticking timebomb of COVID-19" and call an inquest a "minimum first step" to ensure similar deaths are prevented.

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