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The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

9:20 a.m.

The Correctional Service of Canada is suspending visits to its institutions in Quebec to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in federal prisons and community correctional centres.

The agency says it’s also stopping inmates’ work releases and temporary absences except for medical and compassionate reasons.

The rules apply to 16 facilities in the province of Quebec.

The Correctional Service says work, health and rehabilitation programs inside its institutions will continue, and inmates can connect with their loved ones by phone and video conferences.

After outbreaks of COVID-19 in several prisons earlier this year, the service says there are no cases of the illness in the federal system now.

The Canadian Press

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