BC Coronavirus: What you need to know for March 23, 2020

BC Coronavirus: What you need to know for March 23, 2020
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Here’s what you need to know about the novel coronavirus landscape British Columbia:

Prime Minister to speak on Monday

Canadians will receive an update from Justin Trudeau on Monday following a weekend where the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada vaulted to nearly 1,500. The Trudeau is set to talk to the First Ministers as well as the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, before speaking to the country at 8:15 a.m. PT. You can watch the announcement live on the CHEK Facebook Page.

Dix and Dr. Henry follow the PM

Shortly after Trudeau addresses the nation, BC Minister of Health and Dr. Bonnie Henry will give an update to British Columbians. BC now has 424 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a total of 10 deaths. Their announcement will be made at 10 a.m. PT. You can catch the live stream on the CHEK Facebook page.

Horgan has update on relief plan

A day full of announcements coming off the weekend as BC Premier John Horgan will also be updating British Columbians. He will be joined by Finance Minister Carole James and they are expected to provide details of their economic relief plan for residents and businesses. That announcement will come at 12 p.m. PT and will also be available to watch live on the CHEK News Facebook Page.

Canada will not send athletes to Olympics

Canada won’t be at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The Canadian Olympic Committee has sent out a statement saying it won’t send a team to Tokyo unless the Games, which are scheduled to start on July 24, are pushed back by a year. The COC’s statement comes amid a chorus of criticism aimed at the International Olympic Committee’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restaurants to deliver liquor products

The BC government said restaurants are now allowed to use their servers to deliver liquor products alongside meals. The new service will continue until at least July 15th. The province also added existing safeguards for consumption remain in place, including I-D verification.

BC Housing update to come this week

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says help is on the way to ensure renters are not evicted as the province cracks down on the spread of the new coronavirus. An update on rent payments is expected this week. B-C is also banning evictions for non-payment of rent in buildings funded by B-C Housing, which develops and manages subsidized housing options.

COVID-19 Ads coming to Canada

The federal government is rolling out a 30-million-dollar multi-media ad campaign this week, as the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada approaches one-thousand, 500. The country’s death toll from the novel coronavirus rose yesterday to 21. In the new ads, Canada’ chief public health officer urges Canadians to practice social distancing and good personal hygiene.




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