The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

11:50 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says federal contact tracers are ready to help chase down people who might have been exposed to COVID-19.

He says they can make up to 14,000 calls a day, at the request of the provinces and territories.

Quickly following up with people who have been close to someone who tests positive for the illness is seen as essential to containing its spread.

Some jurisdictions, including Toronto, have limited the number of people they will try to reach as new cases have cropped up faster than contact tracers can work.


11:15 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 1,055 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death attributed to the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Health officials say an additional 13 deaths from earlier dates have now been linked to the virus, while one death previously thought to have been caused by COVID-19 has been removed from the total.

The province has now had 91,018 COVID-19 cases and 6,018 deaths.

The number of hospitalizations increased by 14 from the previous day, reaching 507, with 87 patients in intensive care.


10:45 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 712 new COVID-19 cases today, as well as nine new deaths linked to the virus.

The majority of the cases are in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.

As of today, residents of long-term care homes in those three regions – where cases have been surging – are not allowed to go out for social or personal reasons.

Short-term and temporary absences for medical or compassionate reasons are still allowed.

Ontario now has a total of 62,908 cases of COVID-19, including 54,004 that are considered resolved and 3,031 deaths.


Oct. 16, 2020.