Nearly 5.4 million Canadians as of Monday are now receiving emergency aid of $2,000 a month under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

But the toll taken by the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise, with more than 24,000 cases reported Monday and 735 deaths.

Particularly hard hit are senior’s residences and long-term care nursing homes. Officials disclosed Monday that nearly half the COVID-19 deaths are elderly being cared for in nursing homes.

“Of the cases where we have the data on whether someone was in a long-term care facility or senior’s residence, we know that close to half of

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