Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Jun 5 2020, 1:35 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 digest the news in one place.

Throughout the day, you can see all the headlines in real-time here.

Top coronavirus stories for June 5, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec confirms 50 more coronavirus deaths as cases near 52,500

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 4,935, after announcing 50 more deaths since Thursday afternoon.

There are a reported 255 new known cases of the coronavirus, according to the Santé Quebec website. That brings the confirmed total to 52,398 known cases with 1,030 hospitalizations, 131 of whom are in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 424,619 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 15,000 cases have been resolved.

Bombardier to lay off 2,500 manufacturing employees

Quebec-based Bombardier announced early on Friday morning that it will be laying off 2,500 employees from its aviation manufacturing sector due to COVID-19.

When the pandemic first started, Bombardier says it “responded quickly” by suspending manufacturing operations to support local government efforts to slow the spread of the disease and to protect the health and safety of its employees, partners, and customers.

Now, with the commercial aviation industry forecasted to “be down approximately 30%,” according to the company, Bombardier has opted to “readjust” its workforce and operations to ensure it emerges from the pandemic “on solid footing.”

Canada forecasting 9,400 coronavirus-related deaths by mid-June

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.

A convertible drive-in theatre is coming to Montreal this month

Montrealers are already used to sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, so attending live shows, concerts, and movies from our cars will be a welcomed addition.

It definitely beats staring at the lead car’s brake lights.

Two of Montreal’s event industry organizers have combined forces to bring an ideal post-COVID venue for events, cinema, corporate outings, and ceremonies.

Put together by C3 and Total Events, the Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre will open on Sunday, June 21 (the first day of summer) to bring guests a variety of activities while respecting physical distancing guidelines.

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