Over 3,400 cases in Canada, and over 34 deaths. With travel now shut down, community spread has become the biggest source of contagion.
From the press conference
The total cost of the benefit package is $107Billion, available to Canadians who have lost their incomes as a result of COVID-19, with $2,000 paid monthly.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be simplified. The application tool will be online as soon as possible, and people should be receiving money within 14 days of applying (previously stated as 10 days). The GST credit will also be increased. Canada student loans have a moratorium placed on them.
There is a text scam going around on CERB. The government website is your best source for reliable information.
Canadians abroad are still experiencing challenges coming home. The federal government is working on that. Too many returning travelers are not self-isolating (stopping for groceries on the way home, visiting friends, etc), so the federal government is stepping up the action. A 14-day quarantine is mandatory, the Quarantine Act has been implemented. Not complying can result in serious fines and even prison time.
What we are asking is not difficult. Stay at home. Wash your hands.
We are going to do whatever it takes, ensuring that our medical facilities have everything they need. Supply chains must keep moving. Manufacturing facilities are being re-purposed. Canada is working with the G20 towards a global response designed to protect the world economy.
From the Q&As
A reporter noted there have been 16 tonnes of equipment sent to China as a part of the international response. Trudeau sand that the needs of the provinces were met first. In the coming days we will be receiving millions of additional items to meet medical needs. Canadians manufacturers are also working to build equipment.
Regarding the government’s desire to have unlimited spending power until December 2021, Trudeau said that that was a result of the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Regarding Trump’s desire to re-open the economy by Easter, Trudeau said they will continue to protect the border and will continue to work with our southern neighbours. The priority is to keep Canadians safe.
Regarding the repatriation of Canadians, we’ve seen the vast majority of Canadians have self-quarantined, as was required, and followed the rules. But because a few have not, these extra measures have been taken. Enforcement will happen as it always does, in various ways, including through local police. Non-compliance will result in fines and
Why not ask the major credit card companies to give Canadians a grace period? These discussion are underway with the Finance Minister and the Canadian banks, assured Trudeau. At the same time, the government is looking at making credit more available to Canadians at a lower rate.
Regard the US stated desire to have a military-secured border, Trudeau noted it was in both the countries interest for the current un-militarized border to stay that way.
The G20 (Saudi Arabia is the chair) is looking at organizing a coordinated international response. They want to flatten the global curve of this epidemic. There’s also a need for the economy to ultimately survive and rebound. Science and health support needs to be extended to countries that currently don’t have that capacity. Trudeau expects the virus to see resurgences, and that they need to strike a balance between protecting Canadians and promoting international health.
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- COVID-19: BC Stats (85 more cases), Aug 12, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (46 more cases), Aug 11, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (131 more cases over 3 days), Aug 10, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (53 more cases), Aug 7, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (47 new cases), Aug 6, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (47 new cases), Aug 5, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (146 new cases over 4 days), Aug 1, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (50 new cases), July 31, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (29 new cases), July 30, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (41 new cases), July 29, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (23 new cases), July 28, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (81 new cases over the past 3 days), July 27, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (27 new cases), July 24, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (30 new cases), July 23, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (34 new cases), July 22, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (30 new cases), July 21, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (102 new cases over 3 days), July 20, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (28 new cases), July 18, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (21 new cases), July 16, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (21 new cases), July 15, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (13 new cases), July 14, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (62 new cases over 3 days), July 13, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (25 new cases), July 10, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (20 new cases), July 9, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (18 new cases), July 8, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (12 new cases), July 7, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (31 new cases in three days), July 6, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (13 new cases), July 3, 2020
- COVID-19: BC Stats (24 new cases in two days), July 2, 2020