Canada reported 1,138 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, along with 103 new deaths, bringing the country’s death toll to 5,782.
There are now a total of 76,993 cases of COVID-19 nationwide, with a majority of cases and deaths stemming from Quebec and Ontario.
More than 38,000 people — in other words, nearly half (49 per cent) of all reported cases — are considered recovered as of Sunday.
More than 1.36 million tests have taken place in Canada.
Quebec remains the hardest hit province, with 79 new deaths and 737 new cases reported Sunday. The province has 42,920 cases, and 3,562 deaths so far. More than 11,700 people have recovered.
Ontario reported 23 new deaths and 340 new cases on Sunday, bringing the provincial figures up to 22,643 cases of COVID-19 and 1,881 fatalities.
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Alberta announced 57 new cases and one new death on Sunday. The province now has 6,644 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 127 deaths. More than 5,300 people are considered recovered.
Manitoba marked its sixth day with no new cases. The province currently has 280 cases, including 257 people who have recovered. Seven people have died since the pandemic began.
Saskatchewan reported a single new of COVID-19, bringing its total caseload to 592. More than 440 of these cases are deemed recovered. Six people have died in the province so far.
Nova Scotia identified three new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The province has seen 55 deaths so far from the virus — 49 of them connected to Northwood, a long-term care home in Halifax. Nova Scotia has a total of 1,040 cases so far.
New Brunswick’s total case count remained 120, with all of them considered recovered. The province, which has seen zero deaths so far, reported no new cases on the weekend.
Newfoundland and Labrador has eight active cases remaining, out of 260 total cases of COVID-19. Three people have died so far in the province, and 249 are considered recovered.
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British Columbia did not have any new figures to report Sunday, leaving its case count at 2,428 cases. More than 1,900 people have recovered and 141 have died so far.
Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon had no new cases to report on the weekend — they have seen all their cases recover.
Nunavut remains the only region in Canada that hasn’t seen a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Worldwide, the virus has resulted in more than 4.7 million cases and more than 315,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 dashboard.
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Federal government to provide $14B to provinces, territories to 'safely' restart economies – CBC.ca
The federal government is providing $14 billion to the provinces and territories to help them “safely and carefully” reopen their economies.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement at his daily news conference outside his residence at Rideau Cottage this morning.
Trudeau also announced that Canadians with disabilities will receive a one-time payment of up to $600 to help offset the higher costs of living during the pandemic.
The government has announced emergency aid for unemployed Canadians, students, businesses and seniors, but advocates say that people with disabilities were falling through the cracks.
Many face increases in the cost of living, such as higher grocery bills and delivery service fees.
Bouncing back? Canada added 290,000 jobs in May – CBC.ca
After losing more than three million jobs in March and April, Canada’s economy added 290,000 jobs in May, Statistics Canada reported Friday.
The data agency reported that 290,000 more people had paid employment in May than in April. The surge means May was the best one-month gain for jobs in Canada in 45 years, although it happened from an admittedly low bar. It also means the labour market has bounced back by about 10 per cent of the hit it took from COVID-19.
Despite the job gains, Canada’s official unemployment rate rose to 13.7 per cent, as 491,000 more people were looking for work in the job market, notably students, whose search for summer work isn’t normally recorded in the months before May.
In February, Canada’s jobless rate was 5.6 per cent. It increased to 7.8 per cent in March and 13 per cent in April. The number of unemployed Canadians has more than doubled since February.
Blows away negative expectations
The job gains came as a pleasant surprise to economists, most of whom were expecting more job losses for the month.
The average expectation for the job numbers from economists polled by Bloomberg was for a loss of about 500,000 more jobs. But not all of them thought the number would plunge again.
Economist Benoit Durocher at Desjardins was one of just two to forecast the adding of jobs — 400,000 to be precise.
That was his call before the numbers came out, and his optimism proved prescient.
His reasoning was simple: as many Canadian provinces cautiously reopened in May, some of those people who were laid off temporarily in March and April would trickle back to work and show up in May’s employment numbers.
“Employment should rebound and return to positive territory in May, but the extent of the rebound remains unclear,” Durocher said ahead of the numbers coming out. “Under these circumstances, the unemployment rate should begin trending downwards. However, the return to pre-COVID-19 levels could be fairly slow.”
Should everyone be tested for COVID-19? Most Canadians think so, poll shows – CTV News
Experts say widespread testing for COVID-19 is one of the most effective defences against a second wave of infections, a measure most Canadians support according to a recent poll.
More than three in five Canadians say they are in favour of testing every Canadian for the novel coronavirus, according to a Nanos Research poll commissioned by CTV News.
The random survey of 1,009 Canadians, which took place between May 26 and 28, revealed that 28 per cent of respondents support and 33 per cent somewhat support widespread testing measures, while more than one in three opposed the idea.
Polling data shows that residents of Atlantic Canada and Ontario have a higher intensity of support for universal testing than residents in Western Canada.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, provinces are working to expand their testing criteria to include people with very mild or even abnormal COVID-19 symptoms, an effort Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says will help spot possible community cases that would otherwise go undetected.
Officials are also working to roll out the country’s first antibody test as rapidly as possible to help determine how much of the population may have been infected.
But some provinces, including Ontario and Quebec, have routinely fallen behind their diagnostic targets. The criteria for who can get tested also ranges widely between each province.
Nanos polling also shows that Canadians are more likely to say they are confident that there will be a vaccine available to fight COVID-19 within the next 12 months. However, four in ten respondents are not confident in that timeline.
Tam has noted that officials are working to understand how administering an eventual vaccine would be prioritized to certain segments of the population while considering “the maximum number of Canadians who may wish to be vaccinated.”
MOST CANADIANS HAPPY WITH PROVINCIAL RESPONSE
According to the poll, more than three in five Canadians are confident that their public health authorities have an accurate count of the number of COVID-19 cases in their province.
However, Ontario residents were less confident in the province’s data, with the majority of respondents doubting the official case count.
Ontario, one of the hardest hit provinces, has had several instances of reporting errors since the beginning of the outbreak.
On Thursday, the province recorded a spike in the number of deaths due to COVID-19 after days of relatively lower numbers. However, officials said the increase may have been due to a lag in reporting from local public health units. This comes just days after officials revealed nearly 500 COVID-19 patients were not flagged to local public health agencies for contact tracing due to a reporting error.
When it comes to the economic ramifications of the outbreak, nearly eight in ten Canadians say the opening up of the economy in their province is being done in a safe (33 per cent) or somewhat safe (46 per cent) way.
Residents in B.C. and Atlantic Canada were the most confident in the safety measures being taken to reopen the economy.
However, when asked which approach Canada should take to opening its border with the U.S., 40 per cent of Canadians say Canada should keep the border closed to non-essential traffic until the end of the summer. Thirty-one per cent say Canada should keep the border closed until there is a vaccine.
Twenty per cent of Canadians say the border should open to non-essential traffic once businesses are allowed to open, even if social distancing is still in place, with residents of the Prairies the most likely to be in favour of reopening.
Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,009 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between May 26 and April 28, 2020. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered a survey online.
The margin of error this survey is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The research was commissioned by CTV News and was conducted by Nanos Research.
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