Two more people have died from coronavirus in BC

Mar 30 2020, 1:51 pm

Two more people have died, and 86 new cases of coronavirus have now been identified in BC, health officials announced on Monday.

The total number of cases in the province now sits at 970, after 16 cases were recorded on March 29, and a further 70 were announced today (March 30).

Broken down by health region, Henry said there are 472 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 323 in Fraser Health, 67 on Vancouver Island, 94 in Interior Health, and 14 in Northern Health.

Of these cases, 106 people are in hospital, with 60 of those in intensive care. 469 people have now fully recovered, as well.

The announcement comes after health officials said over the weekend that another person had died amid the discovery of 92 new known cases.

Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that businesses impacted by COVID-19, no matter the size, will be eligible for wage subsidy if revenue has decreased by at least 30%.

During his now daily update, Trudeau shared further details on the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy introduced last week.

Initially, the federal government said it would increase its wage subsidy for small and medium-sized businesses to 75% to avoid layoffs.

According to Trudeau, this move will be backdated to March 15, and will be in place for up to three months.

The prime minister also clarified that no matter the size of the business, if the revenue was decreased by 30%, the government will cover 75% of an employee’s salary on the first $58,700 earned, up to $874 per week.

This also applies to non-profits and charities.

More to come…

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