Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has been working around the clock with the provinces to get COVID-19 rapid test kits to the front line.
Trudeau also says more steps are being made to safeguard seniors.
“Soon, more Canadian Red Cross support will be deployed to a number of long-term care facilities,” Trudeau said. “Seniors must be safe and well-cared for, and our government stands ready to help provincial counter parts in that work.”
Trudeau also says applications are now being accepted for the new Canada Recovery Benefit.
According to the federal government, it provides up to $500 per week to self employed people who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance.
“If you need this help but haven’t applied yet, go to CRA’s My Account through Canada.ca or call 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.”
More than 240,000 applications have already come in.
COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise across Canada
Federal health officials are concerned about the rapidly increasing rise in COVID-19 cases as the 2nd wave of the virus continues.
Chief pubic health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the recent spike in numbers shows the continued importance of social distancing, mask use and hand hygiene.
“The actions of individuals are critical in areas of higher incidents,” Dr. Tam said. “Public health authorities cannot manage the resurgences on their own.”
Here in Saskatchewan, 48 cases were reported on Monday. Out of the 2,140 total cases in the province, 215 are active, 25 people have died, and 1,900 people have recovered. Another update is coming Tuesday afternoon.