Canada Feds investing in online health care, Vancouver company studying COVID 19
The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada
The latest news on the COVID-19 global pandemic (all times Eastern): 10:50 a.m. Ontario is reporting 640 new COVID-19 cases today, and 50 more deaths. That's the largest single-day increase in new cases so far, though the growth rate in total cases remains relatively low, at five per cent. Ontario has now had 13,519 total cases, including 763 deaths and 7,087 resolved cases. Long-term care deaths — which are reported in a different database that often doesn't sync up with the total provincial numbers — increased by 57 over the past day. --- 10:45 a.m. Nova Scotia is reporting 23 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 850.
OTTAWA _ The federal government is investing millions to boost online access to health services and to support a Vancouver biological company's research into treatment and prevention of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the new funding during his daily news conference in Ottawa this morning as provinces across the country prepare to start re-opening on Monday.
The government is spending $240 million to boost access to online health services, including mental-health support and virtual access to doctors for primary care.
Ottawa is also providing $175 million to AbCellera Biologics Inc., which Trudeau says has shown promising signs of progress in identifying antibodies that could be used create a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.
Trudeau also says Canada will work with its allies to get answers around the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 following unsubstantiated reports the virus leaked from a Chinese lab.
But the prime minister insists the immediate focus is on helping Canadians through the pandemic.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2020.
The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada .
The latest news on the COVID-19 global pandemic (all times Eastern): 10:55 a.m. Nova Scotia is reporting two more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 46. Health officials say the deaths occurred at the Northwood long-term care home in Halifax, which has recorded 40 deaths as a result of an outbreak at the facility. The province is reporting one new case of the virus today bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,008. To date, there have been 32,835 negative test results, while 722 people have now recovered and their cases of COVID-19 are considered resolved. --- 10:35 a.m. Ontario is reporting 477 new cases of COVID-19, and 63 more deaths.