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 you digest the news in one place.
Throughout the day, you can see all the headlines in real-time here.
Top coronavirus stories for July 16, as of 5 pm ET:
The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 5,646 after announcing ten more deaths and 142 new known cases.
According to Santé Quebec, there are now 57,001 cases in the province, 277 hospitalizations, and 20 patients in the ICU.
Currently, a reported 658,238 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 30,000 cases have been resolved.
Two of Quebec’s leading grocery retailers, IGA and Metro, have released lists detailing when and where employees and customers have tested positive for COVID-19. Since last month, 13 entries have been added to both stores.
Both store chains said that out of respect and for confidentiality reasons, it will never release any personal information about infected employees or clients.
In accordance with the Civil Protection Act, Montreal’s executive committee has renewed the state of emergency for at least five more days for the Montreal metropolitan area.
The state of emergency, which was originally declared on March 27, grants “exceptional powers to the agglomeration,” giving Montreal executives the opportunity to take swift actions to deal with the ongoing pandemic.
When it comes to wearing masks in public, most Canadians are doing their part.
A recent study from the Angus Reid Institute found that a slim majority of Canadian respondents stated that they wear a mask either all the time, or most of the time when out in public.
Fake face mask exemption cards are being circulated around Canada as different parts of the country have made wearing a mask mandatory inside all public spaces.
Each card is printed with a Canadian flag, the Canadian Red Cross symbol, and a medical logo.
Since public health has asked residents who have visited or worked at bars to get tested for COVID-19, Montreal’s clinics have been overwhelmed with people.
As a result, the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) has opened a new walk-in testing clinic in Outremont.
As of Thursday, patients will be able to get tested without an appointment from 1 pm to 8 pm, according to a Facebook post from the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest.
Canada and the United States agreed to extend the border closure for another month.
According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the extension will be in place until August 21.
“Once again, Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the current border measures by one month until August 21, and we’re going to keep working closely with our American neighbours to keep people safe on both sides of the border,” Trudeau confirmed on Thursday.