Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Apr 22 2020, 9:01 pm

Every day in Canada, a lot of news regarding COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally.

And for now, we will be putting together Montreal and Canada’s top headlines daily to help digest the news in one place.

Throughout the day, you can see all the headlines in real-time here.

Top coronavirus stories for April 22, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec announces 92 more coronavirus-related deaths as cases near 21,000

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 1,134 total after announcing 92 new deaths since Tuesday.

As part of his daily briefings, Premier François Legault updated the provincial numbers, stating that Quebec now has 20,965 known cases and 1,278 hospitalized patients, 189 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 155,083 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

Trudeau launches $9 billion emergency benefit plan for students

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $9 billion plan to help Canadian students.

On Wednesday, the prime minister launched the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. The new benefit will give students $1,250 a month from May to August and $1,750 each month if the student takes care of someone else or has a disability.

“For today, for the summer, for next year, we are going to be there for you,” said Trudeau.

The period covered by the benefit will start on May 1 and it will be delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency.

Quebec will table a plan next week as to when schools and businesses will reopen: Legault

François Legault announced that the government will table a plan next week as to when schools and businesses throughout the province will open.

“Public health will be our top priority,” said Legault in French. He says governing bodies will continue to have discussions about how to proceed.

When it comes to schools, the premier says “we are going to make sure to parents that they won’t be forced to send their students to school if they don’t want.”

Uber’s newest initiative lets you send packages to your loved ones

As the world continues to experience the impacts of the pandemic, Uber is taking it upon itself to lend a helping hand.

The ride-hailing company is launching two initiatives, Uber Direct and Uber Connect, in select cities around the world.

Uber Direct builds on the recent expansion of Uber Eats, which has branched out to include grocery and convenience store delivery.

Tim Hortons mandates temperature checks and masks for employees

As of today, Tim Hortons employees are required to wear masks while working in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Also this week, the company will be rolling out thermometers to restaurant locations across the country. Temperature checks will be required for all team members, as well as anyone else who needs to go behind the counter, before they start a shift.

“They’ll be asked if they’ve had a fever, cough, or shortness of breath since their last shift, and if they’ve come into contact with anyone who has tested positive or is being tested for COVID-19 since their last shift,” Chief Operating Officer Mike Hancock said in a release.

700 frontline workers have taken advantage of free BIXIs in its first week

Last month, Mayor Valérie Plante announced that BIXI Bikes would roll along with its yearly spring service, amidst a slew of pandemic-related cancellations and postponements.

Montreal’s rentable bike service is currently free for healthcare and public service workers, and on Tuesday, the company announced that since its 2020 launch, 700 of those industry workers have taken advantage of the service.

TELUS is donating over 10,000 smartphones to hospitalized coronavirus patients

As its latest charitable measure, TELUS has announced that it will give out over 10,000 free smartphone devices, accompanied with $0 rate plus, to hundreds of organizations across Canada.

These smartphones are intended for COVID-19 patients, which will allow them to remain connected with their loved ones during their stay in hospital.

Other groups that will benefit from these smartphones include seniors, low-income, homeless, and at-risk individuals, providing them with a lifeline to their families, healthcare practitioners, and social support services during the pandemic.

Marriott hotels developing “new global standard” for cleanliness

Hospitality conglomerate Marriott International announced on Tuesday that it would be implementing a multifaceted program to increase cleanliness standards, alter hospitality norms, and shift behaviours regarding health and safety during the  pandemic.

“We are living in a new age, with COVID-19 front and center for our guests and our associates,” President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International Arne Sorenson said in a press release.

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