Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Jun 19 2020, 1:54 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 19, as of 5 pm ET:

35 more coronavirus deaths in Quebec as case numbers pass 54,500

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 5,375 after announcing 35 more deaths since Thursday afternoon.

There are a reported 167 new known cases of the coronavirus, according to the Santé Quebec website. That brings the confirmed total to 54,550 known cases with 512 hospitalizations, 62 of whom are in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 496,727 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 25,000 cases have been resolved.

Coronavirus thrusts Quebec into historic near-$15 billion deficit: Finance Minister

As the dust starts to settle after COVID-19 shook the world, Quebec’s Finance Minister, Eric Girard, has provided an update on the province’s economy and he says we’ve reached record levels of deficit.

Girard estimates Quebec’s deficit will reach a record-high of $14.9 billion for the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year and it could take “up to five years” before it’s balanced.

The finance minister says the announcement is to give Quebecers a “clearer idea” of the impact the pandemic has had on the economy.

Wearing face masks now mandatory inside Montreal Trudeau Airport terminal

If you’re heading inside the terminal at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, it is mandated that you wear a face mask.

Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has announced a slew of new health measures that have been implemented at the city’s international airport.

“In addition to the upcoming opening of international and transborder borders, and in order to prepare the facilities to handle a greater influx of passengers, a series of additional measures will be implemented at various strategic points along the terminal’s route,” reads the ADM’s press release.

Younger Canadians least likely to continue physical distancing this summer

Summer is well on its way, patios are reopening, coronavirus cases in Canada are trending downwards — but the virus still poses a major threat to public health.

Unfortunately, the prospect of fun and friends may be too great a temptation for Canadians as we head into the sunniest season of the year, as a study from the Angus Reid Institute found that younger Canadians were least likely to continue standing steadfast to advice from public health officials.