Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 cases in Canada tops 75,000; PM marks International Day Against Homophobia with COVID message


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Case summary

  • As of May 15, there are 22,313, known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
  • 16,641 cases have been resolved in the province and 1,858 people have died.
  • As of May 15, there are 8,386 cases in Toronto, 6,189 cases are resolved and 672 people have died.

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10:45 am PM marks International Day Against Homophobia with COVID message

The PM is taking a break from his regularly scheduled media briefing on COVID-19 today but issued a statement to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia and noted the “disproportionate impact” the virus is having on LGBTQ2 communities.

The PM recognized “the importance of support networks for LGBTQ2 individuals who continue to face stigma and discrimination for simply being themselves.” And encouraged Canadians to pick up the phone or send a text to offer support to members of LGBTQ2 communities.

The Prime Minister singled out his government’s support for those communities through its support for charities and non-profit organizations as well as the Emergency Community Support Fund.

“During this uncertain time, it is more important than ever to show our fellow Canadians that we are in this together.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory also recognized the day with a short video message in place of the usual flag raising at City Hall.

10 am Canada has more than 75,000 cases of COVID-19

There are 75,864 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 5,679 people have died.

The outbreak is a serious public health threat though most people who contract the virus have not been hospitalized. 

Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. People age 65 and over and people with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of contracting a severe case.