Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Jul 22 2020, 1:52 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 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 22, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec reports over 100 new coronavirus cases for the 11th consecutive day

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 5,662 after announcing four more deaths and 142 new known cases since Tuesday morning.

According to Santé Quebec, there are now 57,938 cases in the province, 219 hospitalizations, and 12 patients in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 716,112 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec, and over 30,000 cases have been resolved.

Concordia University researchers developing COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at Concordia University are making “good progress” on the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, and it’s all being done from the comfort of home rather than conducting it all in a lab.

According to a Concordia University news release shared with Daily Hive, the researchers are using state-of-the-art computer simulations and artificial intelligence to model potential vaccines that can be tested quickly.

Concordia researchers are applying reverse vaccinology – a scientific method that uses bioinformatics and genome sequencing to break down the virus’s structural information – to come up with different options for a cost-effective, universal vaccine.

Possible coronavirus exposure identified on Montreal international flight

Passengers on a flight that landed in Montreal from Mexico City could have been exposed to COVID-19, according to the Canadian government.

On the Government of Canada website, officials have updated a list that features international and domestic flights with confirmed coronavirus cases to include aircraft that touched down in the city.

The Blue Jays expected to play home games in Pittsburgh this year

It seems like the Toronto Blue Jays have found a home base for the 2020 season.

The Jays are expected to play their home games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh for the 2020 MLB season after the Canadian government has refused to let the team host games at the Rogers Centre.

While no official announcement has been made, the two sides “continue to have active discussions,” according to Pittsburgh Pirates president Travis Williams.

Bars, indoor parties among reasons for rise in Canada’s coronavirus cases: health officials

One of Canada’s top doctors says that the hospitality industry and indoor parties could be two major influencers in the country’s rise of COVID-19 cases. And this time, it’s a younger age group that’s becoming infected.

Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo spoke to reporters on Tuesday, addressing the “uptick” in cases that’s being seen across the country. He says that it’s something officials have “noted at the national level, but also with individual provinces and territories.”

This year’s Just For Laughs festival will be held virtually

With theatres and large-crowd assemblies up in the air, Just For Laughs has announced it will be moving this year’s festivals to the fall.

In April, the world-renowned comedy festival announced it would postpone the scheduled July laugh-a-thon to the fall but has now opted to go completely virtual.

Just For Laughs will be held on JFL’s new online portal from October 9 and October 10, and its sister festival, Juste pour rire, will virtually take place from September 29 to October 10.

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