Top COVID-19 stories and news
- As of May 15, there are 22,313, known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
- 16,641 cases have been resolved in the province and 1,858 people have died.
- As of May 14, there are 8,257 cases in Toronto, 6,034 cases are resolved and 657 people have died.
The latest local and Canadian news on novel coronavirus
10:45 am Ontario reports 391 new COVID-19 cases, 33 deaths
Public health officials reported 391 new COVID-19 cases in Ontario, an increase of 1.8 per cent.
The province’s total cases now stands at 22,313, with over 76 per cent – or 17,020 – now deemed resolved.
Another 33 people have died since yesterday’s report. In all, 1,858 people have died from COVID-19 in Ontario.
There were 17,768 tests completed since yesterday and another 10,565 cases are under investigation. Public health officials have said they expect to see spikes in case numbers as the province expands testing criteria to anyone exhibiting two or more COVID-19 symptoms.
10:22 am Air Canada to layoff at least 19,000 employees in June
Air Canada will layoff around 20,000 employees on June 7. According to the Canadian Press, the airline’s planned staff cut could impact at least 19,000 employees and up to 22,800.
The company laid off half its workers in March but rehired 16,500 people under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, which was set to expire June 6 but will now be extended. Air Canada has not committed to participating in the program beyond June 6, CP reports.
An internal memo sent by the Canadian Union of Public Employees said Air Canada will also ask flight attendants reduce schedules, go on leave for up to two years or resign with travel privileges.
Air Canada has reduced its flights by 95 per cent due to public health measures and travel restrictions.
On Friday, Air Canada also announced that every adjacent economy class seat on remaining flights will be blocked so passengers can observe physical distancing rules.
10 am Canada has over 74,000 cases of COVID-19
There are 74,613 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 5,562 people have died.
The outbreak is a serious public health threat though most people who contract the virus have not been hospitalized.
Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. People age 65 and over and people with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of contracting a severe case.