Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Vancouver today

Apr 2 2020, 6:22 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 2 in Vancouver

  • Federal data sharing and modelling

Early this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada is looking to coordinate its efforts around data sharing and modelling about the COVID-19 pandemic. The prime minister said that there has been “tremendous transparency” on the data surrounding the pandemic so far, and the models that look at physical distancing restrictions will directly depend on people’s behaviour.

  • New cases, six more deaths announced in BC

Here in BC, health officials announced that 55 new cases have now been confirmed, bringing the provincial total of recorded cases to 1,121. Sadly, six more people have now died, bringing the province’s total fatality numbers as a result of the disease to 31.

  • Relief measures

On the assistance front, the BC government announced the creation of a new Economic Recovery Task Force that will begin meeting on Thursday. The team is made up of leaders from several sectors such as business and labour, as well as leaders from the First Nations, and other not-for-profits. The group’s goal is to ensure that British Columbia’s economic response to COVID-19 benefits all residents. Also announced today was a one-time investment of $3.5 million in emergency financial assistance for post-secondary students in BC who are experiencing emergency financial pressures. Finally, the government unveiled a $300 monthly supplement for vulnerable residents in the province.

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