COVID-19 round-up for Saturday, May 16 – the less than zero edition

New Brunswick – Not only were there no new cases to announce in the province today, all existing cases have recovered, leaving zero active cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick.

The total number of cases remains at 120, and the province has conducted 20,032 tests, which amounts to approximately 2.63 per cent of the population.

The latest updates and information on confirmed COVID-19 cases and laboratory testing in New Brunswick are available online.

Information on public health recovery phases, measures and guidelines is available online.

A self-assessment will help you determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 is available online.

From outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced Health Canada has approved clinical trials for a “potential” COVID-19 vaccine will be taking place at Canadian Center for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University.

Trudeau said the National Research Council of Canada will work with the manufacturer to ensure if trials are successful, the vaccine can be produced and distributed in Canada.  He said the trials, research, and development phase cannot be rushed, but “this is encouraging news”.

Trudeau also announced the Canada Child Benefit will be increased for the coming year, beginning July 20.

Finally, he said the federal government would be helping the Red Cross to the tune of $100 million as they have lost volunteers and donations during the time of COVID-19.

For information on COVID-19 in Canada, assistance information and application portals, go to www.canada.ca

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