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Jukasa News Update – Thursday, April 16, 2020


Six Nations Police say they are ready to enforce violations of coronavirus related restrictions on the territory but will use it as a last resort.
The state of emergency in the province has been extended to May 12. Six Nations Police say that gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited and that violaters could face up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
The response on Six Nations to those restrictions have been excellent, according to police — and say they are working to continue educating the public about the importance of social distancing and complying with those restrictions to keep everyone in the community safe from COVID-19.

Coronavirus statistics for the region have been updated. Six Nations has 9 positive cases including 1 death. 7 of those cases are resolved. To date there have been 140 tests done on the territory and 112 of those have come back negative.
Brantford and Brant County are reporting 67 positive cases including one death. 7 of those cases are in hospital. 32 of those cases are resolved. To date there have been 1486 people tested in Brantford and Brant County.

Northern leaders and businesses are saying $130 million from Ottawa to shore up supply chains and health care during the COVID-19 pandemic can’t come soon enough.
On Tuesday, Ottawa announced $73 million is to go to territorial governments for health and social services. Of that, roughly $18 million is for Yukon, $20 million for the Northwest Territories and $18 million for Nunavut.
Nunavut and the N.W.T. are to receive extra cash for temporary structures to help people self-isolate.
Businesses with needs that aren’t met by federal emergency aid such as the wage subsidy program are to receive a total of $15 million.
Northern air carriers are to get $17.3 million to help maintain supplies of food, medicine and other essential goods. Another $25 million is for Nutrition North to subsidize food costs.

Ontario has extended its state of emergency for another 28 days.
The order closes non-essential businesses and child-care centres until May 12.
Premier Doug Ford says Ontario’s schools will not re-open on May 4.
All business except those deemed essential have been shut down.
The province will allow curbside pick up and delivery of cannabis.
All industrial construction except for essential projects, such as hospitals, has been halted.
All bars and restaurants, except for takeout and delivery, have been closed.
Also closed are recreational facilities, public libraries, private schools, licensed child-care centres, movie theatres and concert venues.
Any public events of more than five people, including parades, events and services at places of worship, are prohibited.
Provincial parks are closed.
The province says it will also quadruple COVID-19 testing capacity to 16,000 by May 6.

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