There are now 345 coronavirus cases in Canada
There are now 345 cases of coronavirus in Canada, as of early March 16.
Ontario has 145 cases, B.C. has 73, Alberta has 56, Quebec has 43, Manitoba has seven, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick each have six, Nova Scotia has three, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island each have one, and the remaining four cases involve repatriated travellers.
This weekend saw the most drastic changes yet.
On Friday, Canada announced that Parliament would suspend for five weeks in a bid to contain the growing spread.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, was diagnosed with COVID-19 late last week, forcing the entire family to retreat into isolation for 14 days. Trudeau will conduct all business from his office until the quarantine period is over.
Canada's federal government also urged Canadians abroad to fly home while they still can.
Canadians travelling outside Canada: It could be increasingly difficult to return to Canada. Airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed without warning. pic.twitter.com/hUez3gymA8— Travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) March 15, 2020
The economy took a nosedive late last week, with the Toronto Stock Exchange reporting its worst day since 1940 on Thursday. RBC is now predicting a recession until June as a result of coronavirus fear and persistent low oil prices.
Apple is closing all stores in Canada, as are major clothing brands such as Patagonia, Lululemon and Nike.
While everyone was buying all the 🧻, I should have gone to the Apple Store and bought all that stock. All Apple Stores are closed GLOBALLY -- including the 3 in Metro Vancouver -- (except Hong Kong and Taiwan) are closed for the next 2 weeks (at least). #COVID19Vancouver #apple pic.twitter.com/56IeyYefZW— Casey Lau (@casey_lau) March 14, 2020
Canadians continue to panic buy toilet paper, hand soap and pantry staples despite government officials asking them to leave supplies for those that are more vulnerable.
Kijiji has banned the reselling of items such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer altogether in a bid to stop
Panic stocking leaves those who are most vulnerable without the items they need to get through these difficult days. Let’s work together to make sure there is enough for everyone. pic.twitter.com/aGHkKDDCVo— Doug Ford (@fordnation) March 14, 2020
The United States has reported approximately 3,845 cases of coronavirus. Schools in at least 31 states have closed, and several states are closing down all bars, restaurants and recreational facilities in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.
In order to combat #COVID19, all bars & restaurants in Illinois will close for on-site consumption, starting at 9 p.m. on Monday, March 16 through March 30.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) March 16, 2020
During this time, customers may order food for delivery or takeout. pic.twitter.com/M0icKJV69h
In brighter news, Canada's first coronavirus vaccine is already in the testing stage — and experts predict that it will be ready for use in the next 18 months.
Trudeau will update the nation on COVID-19 measures during his press conference on Monday at 1 p.m. ET.
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