The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada, May 14

The latest news on the COVID-19 global pandemic (all times Eastern):

12:30 p.m.

As of May 13, there have been 185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves in Canada.

Of those, two people have died and 63 per cent have recovered.

Chief medical officer of Indigenous Services Canada Dr. Tom Wong says the fatality rate is so far less than the rest of Canada.

But numbers are only available for Indigenous peoples living on reserves, and the provinces will need to help in order to get a clearer picture of how the virus is impacting Indigenous people at large.

12:25 p.m.

The Manitoba government is bolstering the ranks of people who can enforce public health orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Brian Pallister says liquor inspectors, park patrol officers, food safety inspectors and others will join the efforts already being made by police and conservation officers.

More than 3,000 people will now help ensure people observe rules such as the 10-person limit on public gatherings.

12:20 p.m.

Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says some national parks will be reopened on June 1 in conjunction with provincial parks in their various jurisdictions.

The reopening will not apply to all parks.

Facilities like washrooms and comfort stations will be available, but they will be limited.

12 p.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total to 1,026 confirmed cases.

The province reported no additional deaths, leaving the total at 51.

Three licensed long-term care homes and unlicensed seniors’ facilities in Nova Scotia have active cases of COVID-19.

Northwood in Halifax has 27 residents and 15 staff with active cases, while another facility has one staff member infected and a third facility has one resident infected.

11:49 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says rapid tests for COVID-19 that were developed in Ottawa still have not been deployed.

He says there were challenges with the tests, and they’ve been sent back to the company for repair and improvement.

The tests are said to be key for remote communities to avoid long delays in getting test results.

11:45 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will be instituting new regulations on boating next month.

No pleasure crafts will be allowed to operate in Arctic coastal waters or in coastal regions of northern Quebec and Labrador.

That will not include boats used for essential services.

Meanwhile he says some national parks will partially reopen in June.

11:36 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is putting extra money into support for Indigenous communities.

During his daily briefing, Trudeau said there will be targeted support for Inuit and Metis students and Indigenous businesses.

He says there will also be funds for support services and shelters for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

11:30 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a benefit for fish harvesters hit financially by the COVID-19 crisis.

The fish harvesters’ benefit will provide 75 per cent of lost revenue up to $10,000 for harvesters who’ve had a 25 per cent drop in income.

The government will also give non-repayable grants of $10,000 for fish harvesters who own their own businesses.

For next year, Trudeau says requirements to apply for employment insurance will be adjusted so harvesters can apply based on last year’s revenues.

The support is expected to cost the government about $470 million.

10:40 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 258 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 33 more deaths.

That brings Ontario to a total of 21,494 cases, which is a 1.2 per cent increase — the lowest growth rate since early March.

The total includes 1,798 deaths and 16,204 cases that have been resolved, which is now more than 75 per cent of the total.

Hospitalizations increased, though the numbers of people in intensive care and on a ventilator decreased.

The Canadian Press

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