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Coronavirus: Canadian ministers, health officials on Canada's current COVID-19 situation | LIVE

CA, 24 Feb 2021
Canadian ministers and public health officials are expected to provide an update on the government's ongoing response to COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The Canadian government is extending many of its emergency COVID-19 benefits as the pandemic rages on, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last Friday.

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit will be extended by 12 weeks. Meanwhile, another two weeks will be added to the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.

The government is also increasing Employment Insurance (EI) availability to 50 weeks in total, meaning an additional 24 weeks can be claimed.

The prime minister’s warning comes on the heels of grim warnings from federal public health officials that Canada’s recent decline in COVID-19 cases is under threat from new variants.

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