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 May 14, as of 5 pm ET:
The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 3,351, after announcing 131 more deaths since Wednesday afternoon.
As part of his daily briefings from Montreal, Premier François Legault updated the provincial numbers, confirming 40,724 known cases and 1,834 hospitalizations, 190 of whom are in the ICU.
Currently, a reported 267,311 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec.
Elementary schools across the Montreal metropolitan area will not be going back to class alongside the rest of the province until September.
François Legault made the announcement from Montreal alongside Mayor Valérie Plante, public health director Mylene Drouin, and Chantal Rouleau, the Minister of Transport.
Legault cites that Montreal “isn’t ready to deconfine” as the government’s reasoning to delay Montreal-area school’s reopening.
Concordia University has become the latest school in Montreal to offer its fall semester online.
Concordia President Graham Carr made the announcement through a press release on Thursday, saying that the university’s “Fall 2020 term will be delivered almost entirely online, accessible anytime, from anywhere in the world.”
Carr said Concordia is prioritizing the health of the community and is exercising “our civic responsibility as a large institution in the City of Montreal.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that select national parks will be reopening next month.
As of June 1, some parks will partially reopen for people who live near by to use trails, and Trudeau stresses to continue physical distancing when enjoying the green spaces.
Parks Canada closed all its locations on March 25.
McDonald’s Canada has announced its plan to welcome customers back into restaurants across the country, starting with the return of takeout service.
The fast-food joint will begin its transition with 30 restaurants, where new protective measures and procedures will be tested, monitored, and adapted for national implementation.
The change will be gradual and careful, the company says, and additional locations will follow in reopening as the new safety measures are proven effective and local health authorities allow.
On Wednesday, Uber announced several new safety measures that are scheduled to take place starting next week.
“As cities begin to reopen and people start moving again, Uber is proceeding with caution and safety top of mind,” reads a statement from the company. “We will all have a role to play to help each other stay healthy when travelling.
First and foremost, drivers will be required to wear a mask or face cover. As of Monday, May 18, drivers in Canada who are not wearing a mask or face cover will not be allowed to accept passengers or deliveries. This also applies to the United States, India, and most of Europe and Latin America.