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 15, as of 5 pm ET:
The Quebec government revealed that the province’s coronavirus-related death toll has increased to 487 total, with 52 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 14,860 known cases and said that 984 are hospitalized, while 218 are in intensive care.
A total of 128,314 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.
The number of known coronavirus cases worldwide has spiked passed two million people, according to live numbers from the World Health Organization.
As of Wednesday at 2 pm EDT, 2,049,849 cases had been confirmed globally and 132,835 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported.
A total of 507,782 known cases have recovered from the virus.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that it will be “many weeks” before Canada even begins to reopen its economy.
He said that the main concern is that, if people head back to work too soon, it could cause another peak in virus cases.
After providing the province with newly updated numbers of the crisis, Premier François Legault urged all available physicians in Quebec to help in long-term care homes (CHSLDs).
“We need more, we’re missing people, we’re missing hands,” he said.
Legault says the province is short 1,382 staff members in public CHSLDs and 600 in private long-term care homes for a total of “about 2,000.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of a web portal and app offering mental health resources for Canadians who need support during the pandemic.
On Wednesday, Trudeau said the federal government created a new portal for mental health resources, called Wellness Together Canada, so “Canadians can get the help you need.”
The portal offers online resources, tools, apps, and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.
Creating an account is simple and there are a series of questions to guide individuals in choosing the tools that are best suited to their needs.
Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will expand to help more Canadians, such as those who are earning some income, seasonal workers and those who have EI running out, as they face continued economic hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, Trudeau said that the government will be relaxing criteria for CERB to allow more Canadians to benefit from the program.
Individuals earning $1,000 or less a month, such as freelancers, can now apply to the benefit program.
“We know that many people do not work as many hours as before and must adjust to the reality of contract and gig work,” Trudeau said.
As more industries throughout Quebec’s essential sectors return to work, Montreal’s BIXI Bike program launches its full seasonal service today.
The rentable bike service is now operational throughout Montreal. According to Mayor Valérie Plante, Santé Montreal has deemed the service “favourable.”
Plante stresses that similar to buses and metros, BIXIs will be used for “essential travels only.”