Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Jul 9 2020, 1:50 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 July 9, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec reports its highest daily coronavirus cases increase in three weeks

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19 death toll has reached 5,609 after announcing six more deaths and 137 known cases since Wednesday morning.

According to Santé Quebec, there are now 56,216 cases in the province, 308 hospitalizations, down 23 from Wednesday, and 27 patients in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 606,464 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec, and over 25,000 cases have been resolved.

Quebec announces stricter rules for bars throughout the province

As if the pandemic hasn’t hit bars hard enough already, the government is tightening rules throughout bars across Quebec.

Health Minister Christian Dubé and the province’s health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, made the announcement from the capital on Thursday afternoon.

Dubé highlighted three new “concrete measures” that all bars in the province are mandated to follow as of July 10.

Passengers on flights to Montreal warned about potential coronavirus exposure

Passengers on six flights that landed in Montreal could have been exposed to COVID-19, according to the Canadian government.

On the Government of Canada website, officials have updated a list that features international and domestic flights with confirmed coronavirus cases.

Quebec launches survey about using coronavirus contact-tracing app

The Quebec government is exploring potentially using contact-tracing apps to monitor which citizens are COVID-19 positive and where they’ve gone.

According to the government, the mobile application would help reduce the spread of the coronavirus by informing citizens anonymously if they’ve been in contact with an infected person.

Quebec is gauging the public’s interest by launching an online consultation.

Starbucks officially begins testing curbside pick-up at select locations

As restaurants across Canada rejig their operations in response to the pandemic, Starbucks is accelerating its store transformation with the launch of curbside pick-up.

Starting July 9, the company is testing the new program in 10 stores across Ontario. Throughout the summer, 20 additional test locations in other provinces will be added to the roster.

Curbside pick-up from the coffee purveyor will enable customers to be served in a safe and convenient way that respects physical distancing.

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