In total, Canada is approaching 26,000 confirmed and suspected cases, more than 800 of which have been fatal.
The virus has hit older people disproportionately, with more than 90% of those dying over the age of 60. But the pandemic was particularly brutal for the frail elderly.
Dr. Theresa Tam, the country’s chief public health administrator, said epidemics in long-term care homes were the most pressing epidemic problem. More than half of the deaths in the country have occurred in these homes, said Tam.
“These stories are horrible,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, although he stressed that long-term care is a provincial responsibility. “We know we have to do more. “
Quebec, which has had the most COVID cases and deaths among the provinces, said that many of the victims were seniors. Thirty establishments have infected more than 15% of residents, the province said.
In an effort to deal with the attack, a Montreal hospital said it would set up a special unit to treat residents of retirement homes. Starting next week, the unit will treat up to 25 of the sickest patients in long-term care homes.
Ontario reported 43 new deaths on Tuesday, for a total of 334.
A Toronto home said it attributed nine more deaths to the virus, bringing the number of fatal infections to 25. In addition, the Eatonville Care Center said there were 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at home.
Likewise, two residents of a nursing home in British Columbia tested positive just days after four staff members were diagnosed with respiratory illness. The facility is one of 20 long-term care and assisted living homes in British Columbia. to be afflicted.
In Ottawa, Trudeau announced that anyone returning from abroad will have to come up with a “credible” quarantine plan. Otherwise, they will have to stay at the hotel for their 14-day quarantine period.
Trudeau said everyone was “very interested” in knowing when the current anti-COVID restrictions could be lifted, but said vigilance was the watchword and that no change was expected immediately.
“The reality is that it will continue for weeks,” said Trudeau. “We will have to do it in phases. “
Trudeau also promised additional financial assistance for students, essential workers and supports for those struggling with paying commercial rents.
Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer called on all federal parties to reach an agreement to keep Parliament safe. Accountability, the Conservative leader said, is essential even if he said he supported the Liberal government’s efforts to fight COVID-19 by spending more than $ 100 billion on emergency assistance.
Two emergency sessions have taken place in recent weeks with only the bare minimum of legislators in the House of Commons and the Senate, but normal parliamentary business is expected to resume next week.
The International Monetary Fund has also shown how devastating the economic pandemic has been, with the latest forecast forecasting that the Canadian economy will shrink 6.2% this year. It would be more than double the global retraction, which would be the worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the fund said.