Federal government announces $130 million to help Canada’s northern communities, Provinces extends emergency orders into May, Strict enforcement of the Quarantine Act

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday the Federal government is spending $130 million to help support Northern communities in Canada improve health services, make it easier to afford food and other essentials, and aid businesses in Northern Canada. 

Trudeau added Canadians living in the North, the Arctic, for example, may not have the same access to resources to fight against the virus as residents living in more populous provinces.

Additionally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians that more announcements and support are to come this week to help students, essential workers, businesses’ commercial rent, and sectors that have been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic. 

“No matter where you live, in a small community or a big city, we’re here for you,” said the Prime Minister. 

Prime minister Trudeau also announced stepped-up enforcement of the Quarantine Act. As of midnight tonight, anyone arriving in Canada by land, sea or air will be asked if they have a “credible quarantine plan.” Travellers must show they have a “credible” quarantine plan or they will be required to self-isolate at a designated location, such as a hotel, even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.

Students won’t go back to school on May 4, Premier Doug Ford says

While the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, provinces across the country have begun to extend emergency orders into May. 

In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce had already announced that the closures of publicly funded schools will be extended into the month of May. The province had previously said publicly-funded schools will remain closed until May 1 for teachers and May 4 for students.

But Premier Ford said Tuesday school closures will have to be extended under the advice of the province’s chief health officer. More details will be provided in the coming days.

Medical Supplies are on the way and New Rapid COVID testing kit is ready

Related Article: Health Canada approves new rapid COVID testing kits

Among the announcements today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau updated Canadians saying that medical supplies are continuing to come in both from international and domestic suppliers. In the press conference, the Prime Minister said that up to four planes worth of N95 masks, millions of pairs of gloves, and soon more protective gowns were among the supplies coming to Canada.

It was also recently announced that Health Canada has granted Ottawa bioscience firm Spartan Bioscience the approval to produce and distribute a new rapid COVID-19 test kit. The new testing kit is said to produce COVID-19 test results in less than an hour and is much smaller than what is currently being used to process test results. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted that more than 430,000 Canadians have now been tested for COVID-19 and the new technologies will be influential in accelerating this number. 

Additionally, the Province of Ontario has announced its new COVID-19 testing strategy which will see an increase in the number of daily testing per day of up to 8,000 by this Wednesday and nearly doubly to 16,000 by May. 

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