Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Apr 24 2020, 1:20 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 24, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec announces 97 more coronavirus deaths as cases eclipse 22,600

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 1,340, after announcing 97 new deaths since Thursday.

As part of his daily briefings, Premier François Legault updated the provincial numbers, stating that Quebec now has 22,616 known cases and 1,460 hospitalized patients, 227 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 163,016 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

Canada to lower rent by 75% for small businesses: Trudeau

Small and medium businesses are getting a new rent relief program in Canada.

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance, a rent relief program to help businesses who are struggling to pay their landlords due to the pandemic.

“Small businesses are having trouble making rent because of COVID-19,” said Trudeau, who added that the federal government reached an agreement with provinces and territories to lower rent by 75% for small and medium sized businesses.

This will be applied for April, May, and June.

STM to install over 220 touchless hand sanitizers at station entrances

As the STM (Société de transport de Montréal) prepares for a gradual recovery of activities, the company announced it will be installing 224 hand sanitizer dispensers for riders at metro station entrances.

The touchless dispensers will be installed in all 126 entrance buildings and 50 public access points. The first 125 machines will be installed by May 1 with the remaining set to be put in place by mid-May

They will remain at the stations for “at least” three months, according to the transit company.

Montreal hospital medical staff sing “Over The Rainbow” (VIDEO)

Seventeen medical staff members from Sainte-Justine hospital performed a virtual rendition of Judy Garland’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ to support the #cavabienaller campaign.

Rainbows have become a symbol of hope and solidarity throughout the city, and the world, as several buildings and structures across Montreal have joined in on the movement by lighting up their facades with a variety of colours.

Using the hashtag #cavabienaller on social media, Montrealers are showcasing creative ways to display rainbows with the slogan “ça va bien aller” (it’s going to be okay).

Uber is now offering free rides to hospital workers in Canada

Healthcare workers across Canada are now being offered free Uber rides as part of the company’s new push to contribute to COVID-19 efforts.

The ride-hailing giant says it will provide over $6 million in free ride credits, meals, and food deliveries to Canadian frontline healthcare workers, as well as those who work in grocery and pharmacy stores, frontline non-profit organizations such as food banks, seniors, and others in need.