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 June 4, as of 5 pm ET:
The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 4,885, after announcing 91 more deaths since Wednesday afternoon.
There are a reported 259 new known cases of the coronavirus, according to the Santé Quebec website. That brings the confirmed total to 52,143 known cases with 1,076 hospitalizations, 146 of whom are in the ICU.
Currently, a reported 417,256 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 15,000 cases have been resolved.
Quebec Premier François Legault, joined by the Deputy Minister of Education and Minister for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, unveiled when team sports can resume in the province.
Non-contact sports, leisure, and outdoor activities throughout the province were given the green light to resume as of May 20, but team sports were to be announced in “the next phase,” according to Charest.
“A few weeks ago, we announced the first phase for sports reconfinement (golf, tennis, biking) but we know very well, many citizens are still waiting to practice their own favourite team sports,” she said in French from Quebec City.
Charest said Quebec has received the green light to go ahead with outdoor sports as of Monday, June 8.
Canada’s top health officials are forecasting that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country will rise as high as 107,454 by June 15, and the total number of deaths could hit 9,400 in the same time frame.
On Thursday morning, the federal government released projections of the coronavirus through modelling that shows where we might be heading over the next week.
Canada will be releasing new COVID-19 modelling on Thursday, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
This morning, Trudeau said that the data shows that Canada is continuing to make progress in the fight against the virus, but “we’re not out of the woods yet.”
The prime minister said many communities’ numbers of new cases are low, and the government has been successful in tracing where the virus came from.
The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) has updated its list on how many of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19 throughout the province.
The SAQ says if an employee is infected, both the worker and colleagues who were in contact with him or her are placed in “preventive isolation.”
The company says it works closely with public health and stresses the “health and well-being of our employees and clients are the utmost importance.”