Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Jun 18 2020, 2:03 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 June 18, as of 5 pm ET:

42 more coronavirus deaths in Quebec as case numbers near 54,500

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 5,340 after announcing 42 more deaths since Wednesday afternoon.

There are a reported 120 new known cases of the coronavirus, according to the Santé Quebec website. That brings the confirmed total to 54,383 known cases with 637 hospitalizations, 65 of whom are in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 490,711 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 25,000 cases have been resolved.

Quebec easing physical distancing rules at daycares next week

Public health is easing physical distancing measures at Quebec daycares, effective as of Monday, June 22.

Children in groups of ten or less will no longer have to respect the two-metre physical distancing rules.

Teachers won’t have to keep two metres away either but other adults who work in the centre must keep their distance. Personal protective equipment and face masks must also always be worn.

Trudeau announces new national app for coronavirus contact tracing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will be launching a national app for coronavirus contact tracing.

The app is being developed by Shopify, Blackberry, and the Province of Ontario.

Trudeau said the app will be testing in Ontario before rolling out nationally and it will be voluntary, anonymous, and no personal information will be shared.

An all virtual Jazz Fest is coming to Montreal this month

This summer, there will be live music from the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

It’ll just be delivered in a completely different form.

The 41st edition will be presented of the digital variety from June 27 to 30. Jazz Fest will offer “unique and dynamic musical content” featuring many of the festival’s favourite local artists performing live through the festival’s digital platforms.

Filmed with “extremely high-quality production value, worthy of the festival standard,” Jazz Fest 2020 aims to create “unique and memorable moments” for loyal Montreal Jazz Fest fans.

Beijing reverts to emergency level two after spike in coronavirus cases

Due to a recent increase in the number of confirmed known cases of COVID-19 in Beijing, the National Health Commission in the People’s Republic of China has reverted the city’s emergency response level from three to two.

The decision was made as numbers of reported cases increased by “double digits per day,” leading the situation to be considered “very serious,” according to a government-issued press release.

Public health gives the green light for Quebec beaches to reopen

Quebec’s newest phase of deconfinement just got a touch more relaxing, as public health has given the okay for beaches across the province to reopen.

The announcement was made in the province’s capital on Wednesday by Quebec’s Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, alongside National Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda.

The beach news was announced after gyms, indoor pools, and athletic arenas were also given the green light to reopen.

All sectors can reopen as of Monday, June 22.