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June 17, 2020
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MID-WEEK CATCHUP



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The outbreak by the numbers (as of 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 202:
Globally: 8,199,838 cases | 3,978,358 recovered | 444,249 deceased
Canada: 99,467 cases | 61,443 recovered | 8,213 deceased
British Columbia: 2,756 cases | 2,416 recovered | 168 deceased
Alberta: 7,482 cases | 6,882 recovered | 151 deceased
Saskatchewan: 684 cases | 631 recovered | 13 deceased
Manitoba: 304 cases | 292 recovered | 7 deceased
Ontario: 32,554 cases | 27,431 recovered | 2,538 deceased
Quebec: 54,146 cases | 22,350 recovered | 5,269 deceased
New Brunswick: 163 cases | 131 recovered | 2 deceased
Nova Scotia: 1,061 cases | 997 recovered | 62 deceased
Prince Edward Island: 27 cases | 27 recovered
Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 cases | 257 recovered | 3 deceased
Yukon: 11 cases | 11 recovered
Northwest Territories: 5 cases | 5 recovered
Nunavut: 0 cases
Trenton (CFB quarantine): 13 cases
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New language in CERB extension

Canadians who were expecting to run out of funds from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program in the coming weeks will now have until the end of the summer to keep claiming the $500 weekly benefit while they seek new work.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Tuesday and acknowledged that there remains "a long journey ahead" before the economy bounces back and those who lost a job can find one again. "The reality is that even as we start to reopen, a lot of people still need this support to pay their bills while they look for work," Trudeau said.

There were no changes to the eligibility criteria or funding amount, but the government will be adding stronger language to inform applicants they should be looking for work and should accept a new job when it is "reasonable in their circumstances to do so," Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said.

Acceptable reasons to remain out of the workplace include not having access to childcare or having COVID-19 symptoms.



Border restrictions to stay in place

The border between Canada and the U.S. will remain open only to temporary foreign workers, trade and commerce and vital health-care workers until at least July 21.

Tourists and cross-border visits remain prohibited, though foreign nationals are permitted to immediate family in Canada for 14 days or less if they can prove their reason for travel is not discretionary and they can comply with quarantine measures. "This is an important decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe," Trudeau said Tuesday.

Click here to read more about reasons for cross-border travel considered essential.

The latest from global hot spots
United States: The U.S. could see more than 200,000 deaths by October, according to new modelling from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. So far, the country has recorded more than 116,000 COVID-19-related deaths.
Brazil: Latin America’s largest country is facing criticism for its response to the pandemic, which did not include a national lockdown. The country's death toll became the second-highest globally over the weekend and has topped 44,000.
United Kingdom: England began reopening shops, zoos and drive-in theatres on Monday, though some wouldn't open citing difficult physical distancing rules.



#newnormal: Is the 'WFH' life here to stay?

This CTVNews.ca series looks at how life will change in the wake of COVID-19.

Our latest in the series looks at how work culture might adapt.

The pandemic has ushered in what one expert called a "profound upheaval" in the way we work. According to Statistics Canada, some 40 per cent of Canadians started to work from home in March, whereas just 10 per cent were given the option before the pandemic.

The jury is still out as to how many will be able to continue working from home when the coronavirus crisis ends, but the pros and cons are clear: no commute, flexibility in managing life tasks, more autonomy, better quality of life, and increased concentration.

But are the cons enough to keep a major shift from happening? Click here to read more.

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