Trudeau to announce help for businesses as COVID-19 cases surge in parts of Canada


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join cabinet ministers and public health officials in announcing new supports for businesses and other measures as cases of COVID-19 surge in parts of the country, says the Prime Minister’s Office.

Trudeau will be joined by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Health Minister Patty Hajdu, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo in Ottawa at noon ET.

CBC will carry the news conference live online.

Health officials will also give an update on national COVID modelling numbers.

Today’s announcement comes just after Ontario reported 939 new cases of COVID-19 — the province’s highest-ever daily number of new cases. Doctors are also sounding the alarm about an increased number of COVID-19 patients being admitted to intensive care units.

Those startling figures have prompted Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet to hold an emergency meeting to consider tighter public health measures to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In Quebec, nearly all municipalities between the Montreal region and the Quebec City area along the St. Lawrence river are now considered pandemic “red zones”.

Provincial Health Minister Christian Dubé said new, stricter measures will soon be enacted and police checkpoints will be imposed to protect other zones, such as the Lac Saint-Jean area. Police will be checking to ensure people are travelling for essential reasons, he said.



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