Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Apr 27 2020, 1:55 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 27, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec announces 84 more coronavirus deaths as cases near 25,000

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 1,599, after announcing 84 new deaths since Sunday.

As part of his daily briefings, Premier François Legault updated the provincial numbers, stating that Quebec now has 24,982 known cases and 1,581 hospitalized patients, 123 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 175,190 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

Schools in Quebec are scheduled to open next month: Legault

François Legault announced that primary schools throughout the province, excluding in the Greater Montreal area and Laval, are scheduled to reopen on May 11.

Montreal and Laval primary school students are scheduled to return on May 19.

“Of course we will continue to follow the situation closely as it evolves,” said Legault in French. He said the May 19 date applies to what he labelled the Greater Montreal area and Laval, places within the 450 area code.

Getting back to normal is a “long way off”: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that getting life back to normal is “something that’s a long way off for all of us” emphasizing that reopening society and the economy will happen over months.

On Monday, Trudeau said that the federal and provincial governments must have a “careful” reopening of certain sectors of the economy and that caution must remain intact, because if measures are loosened too quickly, there can be a “tremendous spike” in cases again.

He referred to the Spanish Flu in 1918 where cases were bad in the spring, but even worse in the fall.

“If you want life to get back to the way it was before, it won’t,” Trudeau said.

Quebec IGA closes for the weekend after 19 employees test positive for coronavirus

An IGA in Lévis was forced to close for the weekend after 19 of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 and 22 employees went into self-isolation.

A spokesperson for Sobeys, the parent company of IGA, told Daily Hive the store was “completely disinfected” after the first positive case was announced on Friday afternoon.

The IGA reopened on Monday morning at 8 am.

10,000 businesses have already applied to emergency wage subsidy: Trudeau

Justin Trudeau said that almost 10,000 businesses have already applied to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy since applications opened at 6 am ET.

According to Trudeau, payments are expected to arrive for businesses on May 7.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) opened on Monday to help Canadian employers keep and rehire workers amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government has implemented a subsidy for eligible employers to give 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

Global coronavirus count now exceeds three million

The number of known coronavirus cases worldwide has spiked past three million people, according to live numbers from the World Health Organization.

As of Monday, 3,045,084 cases have been confirmed globally and 210,282 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported.

A total of 1,126,464 known cases have recovered from the virus.

Applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy open today

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) opens on Monday to help Canadian employers keep and rehire workers amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The federal government has implemented a subsidy for eligible employers to give 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

The maximum benefit is $847 per employee each week.

“CEWS will prevent further job losses and encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19,” the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) said in a statement.

Half of Canadians report worsening mental health amid coronavirus

While the ongoing COVID-19 measures have wreaked havoc on the economy, local restaurants, and hospitals, it has also had a significant impact on Canada’s collective mental health.

According to a recently released study from the Angus Reid Institute, around 50% of Canadians feel that their mental health has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

Foodora is officially leaving the Canadian market

Online food delivery brand Foodora has announced it will be ceasing its operations in Canada, a market it entered five years ago.

The Berlin, Germany-based company released its plans this morning, filing a notice of intention to stop operating by the end of the day on May 11, 2020.

The release stated that Foodora has not been able to “reach a level of profitability in Canada that’s sustainable enough to continue operations.”

Foodora also cited the saturation of the online food delivery industry as a reason for its departure.