Top COVID-19 stories and news
- As of May 19, there are 23,774, known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
- 18,190 cases have been resolved in the province and 1,962 people have died.
- As of May 18, there are 8,866 cases in Toronto, 6,616 cases are resolved and 690 people have died.
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11:15 am Commercial rent loan applications open on May 25
The federal government will launch applications for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program on May 25, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today.
The program provides commercial landlords with a forgivable loan so they can reduce rent by 75 per cent for small business tenants who have lost the majority of their business due to COVID-19. The program is administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Applicants will “receive relief quickly,” Trudeau said.
On April 24, Trudeau announced he had reached a deal with the provinces to cover 75 per cent of commercial rent for small businesses. Small business owners have criticized the program as overly complex and argue it leaves too much wiggle room for landlords to shrug off the measure.
10:50 am Ontario reports 390 new COVID-19 cases, 43 deaths
Public health officials have reported 390 new COVID-19 cases in the province, a single-day increase of 1.7 per cent. The province’s total cases is now 23,774.
The number of new cases dropped back below 400 after a spike in Tuesday’s numbers.
Another 43 people have died, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,962. There are 18,190 resolved cases – more than three quarters of total cases.
There are 991 people in hospital, with 160 in intensive care and 120 in intensive care on ventilators.
There were 7,382 tests completed since the previous day and 4,444 test results are pending. In all, 567,176 tests have been carried out in Ontario since the beginning of the outbreak.
9 am Canada has more than 79,000 cases of COVID-19
There are 79,112 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 5,912 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.