Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Apr 7 2020, 2:00 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 7, as of 5 pm ET:  

Quebec predicts 1,263 to 8,860 coronavirus-related deaths by end of April

Two senior public health officials provided details about Quebec’s COVID-19 projections for the end of April. Predictions were given in two scenarios, based on how Quebecers adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

In an optimistic scenario, health officials revealed predictions by April 30 to be 29,212 known cases and 1,263 deaths. The pessimistic scenario for the same date predicted 59,845 known cases and 8,860 deaths.

Quebec reports 29 new coronavirus-related deaths

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s death toll has increased to 150 with 29 new deaths being announced since Monday afternoon.

Legault also revealed that known cases in the province had increased to 9,340 (up by 760 from Monday) and mentioned that 593 citizens are hospitalized, and 95,186 cases have turned up negative.

“We are soon reaching the peak,” says Legault. “Though encouraging, the battle is not yet won. If we want to go back to a normal life in May, we have to remain vigilant in April.”

Federal government working with local companies to manufacture 30,000 ventilators: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is working with companies to produce up to 30,000 ventilators.

During his daily address, the prime minister told Canadians he is also expecting 500,000 masks from 3M on Wednesday.

Over the past weeks, Trudeau said that about 5,000 Canadian companies volunteered to manufacture products to help fight COVID-19. “We need a sustainable, stable supply,” he said, adding that the demand for personal protective equipment (PPEs) is going up.

That means “making them at home.”

Trudeau said the Canadian government is working with Thornhill Medical, CAE, Ventilators for Canadians, and StarFish Medical to produce the ventilators.

240K Canadians applied for emergency benefit, those excluded will soon qualify: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said 240,000 people have already applied to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and another plan is coming for those who don’t qualify for the program.

As per Trudeau’s announcement over the weekend, those born in January, February, and March can apply online as of Monday morning.

Throughout the week, applications will open to others born April through December.

The City of Montreal has cancelled all cultural and sporting events until July

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has announced that all cultural and sporting events throughout the island have been cancelled until July 2, in order to limit public gatherings.

“It is a difficult decision because Montreal is a known destination for world class events and festivals,” said Plante.

The Montreal Grand Prix has officially been postponed

Montreal’s iconic racing event, one that unofficially marks the beginning of summer in the city, has been postponed.

The Canadian Grand Prix — originally scheduled for June 12 to 14 — has been postponed amidst the ongoing global outbreak.

The news follows Formula 1’s announcement that promoters are working on a revised 2020 calendar, in which currently scheduled dates are “like to differ significantly,” according to F1’s news release.

Montreal promoters said they “would have been honoured to host the first race on the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship calendar” and that they were “saddened” to have to postpone the race.

Japan declares state of emergency due to increase in coronavirus cases

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has officially declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures across the country to hinder the further spread of the coronavirus, following a staggering increase in confirmed positive cases, particularly in urban areas.

The prefectures that this ruling currently applies to are Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama, as well as Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka.

In a televised press conference conducted in Japanese, Abe announced that the new policy would be in place for one month through May 6. It will permit prefectural governors to enforce stronger precautions, including issuing stay at home orders as well as the ability to order the closure of non-essential businesses.

The tooth fairy has been added to Quebec’s list of essential services

Adults may be losing their minds throughout the pandemic, but kids are still losing their teeth.

Perhaps following the Toronto mayor’s lead, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that the tooth fairy has been deemed an essential service throughout the province.

Legault took a quick break from updating numbers during his daily briefing and shared a  clip featuring a little girl asking him if the tooth fairy was still working throughout the province.

The premier said, with a smile, the tooth fairy is “immune to the virus.”