5 things to know for Friday, May 22, 2020
TORONTO -- Canada has had more than 81,000 COVID-19 cases so far, with more than half now considered recovered. Here’s what else you need to know to start your day.
1. Second wave: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Thursday that his government expects a second wave of COVID-19 to sweep through the country at some point, and experts suggest Canada isn’t prepared.
2. Indigenous aid: The federal government is increasing the amount of funding aimed at Indigenous people in Canada who are living off-reserve, adding $75 million to the existing Indigenous Community Support Fund.
3. Breaking quarantine: Police across Canada have made home visits to nearly 2,200 Canadians to ensure they are complying with their mandatory 14-day isolation after returning from abroad, and so far only four people have been ticketed.
4. Layoffs expected: WestJet has written to the federal government to seek an exemption from labour rules that require a 16-week notice of termination as the airline looks to lay off a large swath of its workforce.
5. Refund petition: Thousands of Canadians have added their names to an online petition calling on the federal government to require airlines to reimburse passengers whose flights were cancelled as a result of COVID-19.
One more thing…
Face it: As face masks are increasingly recommended for everyday use, CTV News asked an infectious disease expert how to properly wear, store and clean personal protective equipment.