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 9, as of 5 pm ET:
The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 5,029, after announcing 45 more deaths since Monday afternoon.
There are a reported 138 new known cases of the coronavirus, according to the Santé Quebec website. That brings the confirmed total to 53,185 known cases with 961 hospitalizations, 117 of whom are in the ICU.
Currently, a reported 446,726 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 15,000 cases have been resolved.
For the third consecutive week, the STM (Société de transport de Montréal) will be handing out over 300,000 reusable face masks throughout its network, an operation that will be carried out until the end of June.
The public transit network says the face coverings will be given away in the metro’s busiest stations and in areas that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will not punish those who mistakenly claimed the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), or mistakenly claimed it while also receiving Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).
But, the prime minister said, there will be punishment for criminals who try to take advantage of the programs.
During his daily press briefing on Tuesday, Trudeau said that there will be changes to all the federal government programs as the pandemic evolves and as Canada goes back to “normal.”
Public health has updated Montreal’s data in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montreal metropolitan area has the unenviable role of having the most cases throughout the province.
With 26,288 known cases of the virus as of June 1, Montreal accounts for 49.4% of Quebec’s 53,185 total. Montreal also accounts for 61% of the province’s total coronavirus-related deaths.
Travellers and residents arriving in the United Kingdom on or after June 8 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
The reasoning behind this ruling is that it can take upwards of 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19 to disappear.
He told us “Fight Island” was real.
It was two months ago, when the entire sports world was on lockdown, that UFC President Dana White shared his plan to stage fights on a “private island.”
On Tuesday, White revealed the mystery location of “Fight Island,” announcing that four UFC events will take place in the United Arab Emirates on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi in July.