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 1 in Vancouver
- Applications open
Early this morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that applications for the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will open next week. Starting April 6, if you haven’t requested Employment Insurance (EI), you will be able to apply for the CERB. Applicants who have requested EI won’t need to register for the CERB.
The news comes after new national numbers were released that reveal that while it will still take time for the curve to flatten – and although physical distancing may not be ending just yet – there have been 1,522 known cases of coronavirus recoveries reported across the country as of April 1.
- New cases; another death announced in BC
Here in BC, health officials announced that 53 new cases have now been confirmed, bringing the provincial total of recorded cases to 1,066. Sadly, there has been another death, bringing the province’s total fatality numbers as a result of the disease to 25. The news comes as two more care homes in the Lower Mainland are now dealing with cases, this time at a residence in Mission, and one in Burnaby. TransLink also revealed that two of its employees have tested positive for coronavirus, including one bus driver.
- Relief measures
On the assistance front, BC Hydro announced Wednesday that it is rolling out a three-month relief package for customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Described as a “comprehensive, targeted program,” the relief plan is available to homeowners, small businesses, and larger industrial businesses. Residential customers who have lost their jobs or are unable to work due to coronavirus will receive a bill credit equal to three times their monthly bill. Small businesses will have their power bills forgiven for three months, between April to June of 2020.
Also announced today was the launch of the COVID-19 Supply Hub, a partnership between the BC Government and the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC) to create the COVID-19 Supply Hub. Billed as a “made-in-BC” platform, the Supply Hub was created to coordinate, source, and expedite medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for provincial health authorities to support frontline health workers fighting the coronavirus. According to the province, the platform “provides a single point of entry” to triage and prioritizes the thousands of offers and donations for essential supplies from businesses and organizations since the onset of the coronavirus response.
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