The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

COVID-19 roundup: New Liberal pandemic bill kicked to the CERB

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It’s day 92 since Canada’s 100th coronavirus case. The number of cases is 97,065 as of publication time, up 411 since yesterday—a 29 per cent decrease from the seven-day prior average of new cases. 

According to the World Health Organization, 131,296 new coronavirus cases were recorded worldwide on Wednesday. One month ago, that number was 87,729, while on March 11—the day the pandemic was officially declared—there were only 4,589 recorded cases.

A House divided: The Liberal government’s latest COVID-19 emergency legislation failed to win enough support to move forward on Wednesday, as some opposition parties objected to its changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The bill would reportedly exclude people who didn’t accept reasonable offers of work, and fine or imprison those who submit knowingly fraudulent claims.

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