Montreal hitting optimistic targets in COVID-19 projections but future uncertain

02 Juin, 2020, 17:23 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in the Laurentians and Monteregie regions with each having 10 confirmed cases

The total number of confirmed cases is 50,651.

The survey didn't include statistics from 12 of Quebec's 72 school boards, because they did not provide data.

Quebec's public health institute on Thursday released fresh projections on the evolution of the novel coronavirus in the province but said it was still too hard to determine the trajectory of the pandemic across the greater Montreal area - the epicentre of the virus in Canada.

Brisson said the government's decision to delay the opening of city schools until September and the opening of retail stores until this week helped Montreal avoid the worst.

Arruda said he believed that one school had to close temporarily because several teachers were infected, but most of the cases elsewhere have been isolated.

Another child at a daycare in the Quebec City region was also sent home from daycare after a parent tested positive, Arruda said.

Almost half of those confirmed cases - 25,223 - are in Montreal, where officials today announced they were extending a state of emergency in place since March 27, granting the city administration exceptional powers and the ability to redeploy resources and manpower as needed.

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Quebec reported 74 additional COVID-19 deaths Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 4,302.

A spokesman for Quebec's education department said that about 51 per cent of private school students and 46 per cent of public school students returned to class the week of May 11.

As per Quebec Premier Francois Legault's earlier announcement, high schools, junior colleges, and universities will not be reopened until September to limit the traffic in public transportation.

While Ottawa has previously appeared reluctant, Legault said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared more open to the idea than previously.

Despite the situation in long-term care homes, Legault noted that the number of new cases has been dropping in recent days, even as the province has boosted tests to about 14,000 a day.

Hair salons and barber shops are among the latest businesses allowed to re-open by the Quebec government.

Legault said that while he's been able to rely on his wife for haircuts, some people aren't so lucky.

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