Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Vancouver today

Apr 13 2020, 6:05 pm

Each day in Canada, a lot of news regarding COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally.

Now, we’re bringing you the top coronavirus headlines from Vancouver and across Canada all together in one place on a daily basis, to help you digest all the information and stay in the know with the biggest stories and developments.

Top COVID-19 stories for April 13 in Vancouver

Air Canada among airlines suspending flights even later into the year

Air Canada is suspending a majority of international flights until June in response to the massive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline is suspending service to over 160 routes due to the substantial decrease in demand across the entire airline industry as well as the multitude of government-sanctioned travel advisories and border closures enacted.

New cases, 11 more deaths announced in BC

British Columbia health officials announced 45 new test-positive COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the provincial total to 1,490.

Monday’s briefing encompassed new cases discovered over two days, since BC doesn’t update its coronavirus numbers on Sunday. According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, 25 new cases were discovered between April 11 and April 12, and 20 new cases were discovered in the last 24 hours.

Henry also said 11 more people have died because of the virus. That brings the province’s coronavirus death toll to 69.

Vancouver could be forced to take “drastic measures” to avoid insolvency

A recent survey is showing alarming results and points to “a coming crisis” for the City of Vancouver’s finances, according to Mayor Kennedy Stewart.

The mayor recently shared the results of an online study conducted by the Research Co., surveying the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver residents.

The survey said that half of Vancouver’s households are reporting an “overall decrease in income,” with 24% experiencing a significant decrease. Nearly half of respondents (46%) said that they had either lost their jobs or were given reduced hours.

The survey also showed that rent and mortgage payments were still a major issue and that many homeowners wouldn’t be able to pay for their upcoming property tax bills.

Looking for more information and further updates? You can view all the day’s headlines in real-time here.