Twenty-one people have now died from covid-19 in this country.

A local public health unit reported Ontario’s sixth covid-19-related death yesterday afternoon.

There are now 14-hundred-and-72 confirmed or presumptive cases across Canada.

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 14-thousand-600 people worldwide.

The virus has sickened more than 335-thousand people.


A healthcare worker at the Ottawa hospital has tested positive for the covid-19 virus.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of the Eastern Ontario health unit, says this is the third positive case in that area.

This case involves a person in their 30’s from Prescott Russell with no history of travel.

The person was tested at an Ottawa assessment centre and returned home where they and their family remain in self-isolation.

Ottawa public health and the Ottawa hospital says all staff and patients who had direct contact with the worker have already been notified and advised of public health measures they should take.

The health unit is  also tracing other contacts in the region.

The investigations is ongoing.

Meantime…a woman in her 20s from Ottawa is the city’s latest case, she is in self-isolation.

Ottawa has 21 cases of coronavirus.


A community centre in Lowertown that was converted into a temporary isolation centre for the city’s homeless population is set to open today

The facility started to be converted into an isolation centre Friday and is expected to be ready for today.

There have been no confirmed cases of covid-19 within Ottawa’s homeless population yet, but muckle says the shelter environment creates conditions that are likely to result in higher rates of transmission.


Parliament will reconvene this week to deal with the pandemic crisis.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement during his daily briefing outside his Ottawa home.

He also says the government is working with Canadian airlines to bring more Canadians home from abroad.

Air Canada, WestJet and Air Transat are all arranging flights around the globe.

The PM also says Canada is not at the point where the federal government needs to take emergency measures to force people to stay home.

Trudeau says the provinces and local governments continue to take steps to restrict people’s movements — and Ottawa stepping in is a last resort.


A church in suburban Ottawa is joining religious institutions around the world by adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic with a drive-thru service so congregants can connect with their faith _ and community _ from a distance.

Rev. Doug Kendall invited members of his parish to stop by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Stittsville in their vehicles for the first time this Sunday.

He says between 20 and 30 cars came, from a congregation of about 100 people that includes many seniors.

Congregants shared personal celebrations, made prayer requests and offerings, and enjoyed coffee and cookies distributed by a volunteer who wore a mask and gloves and stayed two metres away.

Kendall also shared songs and teachings in a video posted to Facebook and collected donations for the local food bank.

He says many of the thanks and prayer requests from parishioners were directed towards health-care workers, provincial health officers and political leaders.


A stabbing incident in Ottawa has now turned into a homicide investigation.

City police say a 58-year-old man who was stabbed last Thursday afternoon on Murray Street, died in hospital yesterday.

Police have two men in custody in connection with the case.

Investigators are asking anyone with possible information to contact them.


The ramifications of covid-19 are changing everyday… And now… You won’t be able to quickly walk in for a burger from the golden arches.

McDonalds has closed all of its dining rooms and it is no longer offering in-person take-out service.

The company says the move is due to the guidance of health authorities, as well as employees and customers.

If you’d like a Big Mac you can still pick up orders through the drive-thru and other delivery options.


Ontario’s education minister says he’s working to keep coursework going if the COVID-19 pandemic prevents schools from reopening on April 6 as planned.

Stephen Lecce made the announcement in an open letter to parents.

He says no student’s graduation will be affected by the pandemic, which forced the province to close schools for two additional weeks following March break.

Lecce says the Ontario Secondary Student Literacy Test will no longer be a barrier for students on track to graduate.

The government previously announced an online learning portal to help prevent students from falling behind.

He says his ministry is working with counterparts in other ministries to make sure students can apply to post-secondary education regardless of the situation this semester.


The federal government’s 30-million-dollar ad campaign to advise Canadians about how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 begins today.

The ads — two in English and two in French — feature Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

In them, she urges Canadians to keep their distance from one another and to practice good personal hygiene.

The 15-second ads will be on TV, radio and in print and will run until at least the end of April.


Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City’s hospitals are just 10 days from running out of basic supplies to deal with COVID-19.

He says people will literally die if the hospitals aren’t re-supplied.

De Blasio is calling on the federal government to boost the city’s quickly dwindling supply of protective equipment.

New York also faces a potentially deadly lack of ventilators to treat those infected.

Health-care workers say they’re being asked to reuse and ration disposable masks and gloves.


U-S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan to try to move forward a peace deal signed last month with the Taliban.

Pompeo’s visit comes as world leaders and statesmen are curtailing official travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Movement on the peace deal has stalled amid political turmoil in Afghanistan, with the country’s leaders squabbling over who was elected president.


Migrant workers crowding a railway station on Sunday to head home demonstrates one of the huge challenges for social distancing in India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on people to stay home for 14 hours as the world’s second-most populated country struggles to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Indian railways have suspended passenger train services until March 31st.

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