Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Apr 8 2020, 2:10 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 8, as of 5 pm ET:  

25 deaths, 691 new coronavirus cases as Quebec passes 10,000 mark

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s death toll associated with COVID-19 has increased to 175, with 25 new deaths being announced since Tuesday afternoon.

Quebec Premier François Legault also revealed that known cases in the province had increased to 10,031 (up by 691 from Tuesday) and mentioned that 632 citizens are hospitalized, 181 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 99,239 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

Montreal extends state of emergency into next week

While known cases in Montreal reached 4,775 on Wednesday, Mylène Drouin, the city’s head of public health said she expects the city is reaching its outbreak peak and expects new infections to soon decline.

Even with this glimmer of optimism, the City of Montreal extended the island’s state of emergency for five more days.

The city’s state of emergency, under the Civil Protection Act, grants Montreal executives the opportunity to take swift actions to deal with the ongoing pandemic.

Two metre physical distancing will last “months” in Quebec: Legault

François Legault is asking citizens to get used to physical distance measures because he says the guidelines will be in place for “months.”

The premier said physical distancing is part of the “new culture.” He’s urging Quebecers to “visualize” the measures going forward. “We can’t be too close, we can’t shake hands. For a certain number of months, let’s start to focus on this,” he said in French.

In lieu of Tuesday’s provincial projections, Legault said he is optimistic and sees “light at the end of the tunnel” but citizens must remain prudent

Businesses only need to show 15% drop in revenue to access wage subsidy: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more financial assistance for young Canadians and businesses affected by the pandemic.

Trudeau said they are working with the opposition to recall parliament to pass the legislation needed to enact the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

The wage subsidy was announced last month, and the prime minister said he has since received input from businesses on making changes.

“These conversations have helped us to adjust what we first announced,” said Trudeau.

The initial wage subsidy announced required businesses show a 30% drop in revenue in March 2020 compared to March 2019.

New program offers free grocery delivery to medical workers across Canada

While medical professionals across the country are working on the front lines, food delivery isn’t always accessible.

Grocery delivery services are being overloaded, and those who are caring for patients don’t have the ability to place a quick order in another browser tab while on the job.

To support those on the front lines, GroceryHero has launched across the nation, offering free grocery delivery to medical professionals.

The service matches volunteers across Canada with medical staff in their neighbourhood to arrange grocery delivery at no charge.

Quebec IGA and Metros provide list of stores with known coronavirus cases

Quebec’s leading grocery store retailers are choosing to be transparent with its customers and both IGA and Metro have released lists detailing when and where employees and customers have tested positive for COVID-19.

Both store chains said that out of respect and for confidentiality reasons, it will never release any personal information about infected employees or clients.

Air Canada to keep employees on payroll by applying for federal wage subsidy program

After cutting nearly half of its workforce, Air Canada says it will apply for the federal emergency wage program to keep those employees on the payroll.

At the end of March, the airline announced it would cut close to 16,500 jobs (roughly 50% of its employees) as a form of cost reduction due to the pandemic and worldwide travel restrictions.

On April 1, the Government of Canada announced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) as a way to help employers keep and/or return Canadian-based employees to payrolls for the Program Term between March 15 and June 6. 

Air Canada said it intends to adopt the CEWS for the benefit of its 36,000 Canadian-based employees retroactively to March 15 and “return affected employees to its payroll for the Program Term.”