There are now 321 cases of coronavirus in Canada, as of early March 16.
Ontario has 142 cases, B.C. has 73, Alberta and Quebec each have 39, Manitoba has seven, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick each have six, Nova Scotia has three, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island each have one, and the remaining four cases involve repatriated travellers.
This weekend saw the most drastic changes yet.
On Friday, Canada announced that Parliament would suspend for five weeks in a bid to contain the growing spread.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, was diagnosed with COVID-19 late last week, forcing the entire family to retreat into isolation for 14 days. Trudeau will conduct all business from his office until the quarantine period is over.
Canada’s federal government also urged Canadians abroad to fly home while they still can.
The economy took a nosedive late last week, with the Toronto Stock Exchange reporting its worst day since 1940 on Thursday. RBC is now predicting a recession until June as a result of coronavirus fear and persistent low oil prices.
Apple is closing all stores in Canada, as are major clothing brands such as Patagonia, Lululemon and Nike.
Canadians continue to panic buy toilet paper, hand soap and pantry staples despite government officials asking them to leave supplies for those that are more vulnerable.
Kijiji has banned the reselling of items such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer altogether in a bid to stop
The United States has reported approximately 3,845 cases of coronavirus. Schools in at least 31 states have closed, and several states are closing down all bars, restaurants and recreational facilities in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus.
In brighter news, Canada’s first coronavirus vaccine is already in the testing stage — and experts predict that it will be ready for use in the next 18 months.
Trudeau will update the nation on COVID-19 measures during his press conference on Monday at 1 p.m. ET.