Ottawa, May 16: Five members of the Canadian Armed Forces, who were serving in nursing homes in Quebec and Ontario, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Defence Ministry. Of the five members, four were serving in Quebec and one in Ontario. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the five cases at his Friday press conference but did not provide details.
Almost 1,700 military members are reportedly working in 25 nursing homes in Quebec and five in Ontario after many of the regular staff were infected by the COVID-19. They are reportedly responsible for cleaning, serving food and assisting with seniors’ basic needs. The country’s nursing homes have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deaths in nursing homes account for more than 80 per cent of the nation’s coronavirus fatalities, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. So far, Canada has reported 74,750 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 5,553 deaths. (UNI)