Jukasa News Update – Monday, May 11, 2020
Ontario’s legislature will sit Tuesday and is expected to extend the province’s state of emergency to May 31.
A statement from the government house leader’s office says unanimous consent is expected to quickly vote on all stages of the bill to extend the state of emergency past its current expiry of May 12.
Politicians have returned to the chamber _ with physical distancing protocols.
Only 42 out of Ontario’s 124 members will be allowed in the chamber at any given time to ensure physical distancing.
First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders are raising concern about a growing number of outbreaks of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities and say it’s getting harder to find the money and supplies to deal with them.
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde says provinces and jurisdictions should be cautious about lifting pandemic restrictions, given that the number of COVID-19 cases in First Nations has increased.
As of May 7, there were 164 confirmed cases on First Nations reserves.
Bellegarde pointed to a number of systemic issues that make Indigenous populations more vulnerable to contracting the virus, including overcrowded housing, inadequate health services in many communities, food insecurity, lack of clean water and the remoteness of northern, fly-in communities.
A new poll from one of Canada’s leading mental health organizations says Ontario residents are bracing for a mental health crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The majority of the 1,001 respondents to the online poll say they fear the effects COVID-19 will have on the national economy, the future for both older and younger generations, personal finances and the well-being of friends and family.
The survey found 53 per cent of participants worry about their own mental health as a result of the pandemic, while 67 per cent say they’re concerned about the toll on their loved ones.
Ontario has its lowest daily growth rate of COVID-19 cases since March.
The province is reporting 294 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 more deaths related to the novel coronavirus.
Ontario now has a total of 20,238 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is only a 1.5 per cent increase from Saturday’s total.
The death toll now stands at 1,634.
The number of people in hospital, intensive care units and on a ventilator dropped today.
The provincial government is continuing plans to reopen parts of the economy in the coming days, with retail stores allowed to offer curb-side pickup starting Monday