Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Apr 14 2020, 2:08 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 April 14, as of 5 pm ET:  

75 deaths, 691 new coronavirus cases as Quebec passes 14,000 mark

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has increased to 435 total, with 75 new deaths being announced in the past 24 hours.

After offering his condolences to families and loved ones of the victims, Quebec Premier François Legault updated the rest of the provincial numbers and revealed that Quebec now has 14,248 known cases and said that 936 are hospitalized, while 230 are in intensive care.

A total of 123,203 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

Travellers now required to present official self-isolation plan upon returning to Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the federal government will begin implementing stronger quarantine measures for those arriving from abroad.

Effective at midnight on Tuesday, the prime minister said that anyone returning to Canada who is asymptomatic will have to have a “credible quarantine plan” or they will be required to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days.

This follows BC, which instituted its own legislation on April 8, requiring returning travellers to have a self-isolation plan in place.

The new measures will be updated to the current Quarantine Act, which came into effect on March 25.

Quebec adds more industries to the essential services list

François Legault announced that workers in certain sectors throughout the province will be able to return to work this week.

On Easter Monday, Legault said that “all protocols are in place to protect these employees,” stressing that the two metre physical distance guidelines will remain in effect as well as added cleaning.

Newly added essential services to Quebec’s list includes:

  • Service stations, vehicle maintenance and repairs, tow trucks, roadside assistance
  • Landscaping and lawn maintenance, swimming pool stores
  • Garden centres
  • Nurseries
  • Residential construction
  • Mining operations

Coronavirus will lead to “worst recession since the Great Depression”: IMF

Canada’s economy is facing unprecedented losses due to the pandemic, as the global economy faces a crisis worse than the 2008 financial recession and will eventually lead to the “worst recession since the Great Depression.”

According to the latest report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world’s economy will shrink by 3% in 2020 with Canada’s shrinking more than double at 6.2%.

Canada’s rate is slightly higher than the average of advanced economies at 6.1%. The countries included are the US, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, and the UK.

Montreal police set up online portal to report physical distancing violators

The Service de police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) has set up an online portal that allows citizens to report physical distancing violators, prohibited gatherings, non-compliance with sanitary measures, and the operations of non-essential businesses.

The SPVM’s system has been set up to reduce the amount of calls police forces are receiving since measures were put in place.

“You can report these types of situations online without having to call 911 or contact your neighbourhood station,” states the SPVM website. “Once completed and submitted, this report will be processed according to emergency priorities.”

Osheaga and ÎleSoniq will “not be held as planned”

As Montreal heads towards what’s traditionally event season, Quebec’s biggest promoter says it is in “solution mode.”

In the wake of the government’s request to suspend all events across the province until August 31, Evenko says it has “taken note” of the request, understands, and “will comply” with the decision to protect the health of employees and festival-goers.

“Our events will not be held as planned until August 31. The company continues to reflect on the options available for each event that were planned until this date, including Osheaga, ÎleSoniq, and Lasso Montréal festivals,” reads the statement.