Students in greater Montreal area will be home until September

Katie Ramirez
May 17, 2020

Fewer than 6,000 people were tested on Tuesday - a situation Legault said he did not accept.

"Thank you for your patience". Daycares that don't run on the same school year may re-open June 1, provided Coronavirus containment conditions are met.

"I strongly recommend that we do so".

Legault responded by stating there are "two worlds" in Quebec: the situation outside greater Montreal, he explained, satisfies the World Health Organization guidelines for easing restrictions, while the Montreal area does not. He said he "hasn't excluded" making masks mandatory, particularly on public transit.

While some retail businesses were set to reopen on May 25 in the Montreal area, that date may also be pushed back. But it's Quebecers as a whole, he said, who have let this happen to Montreal.

"We know that the situation is still fragile in Montreal", Plante said.

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Bae, one of the first-round leaders, only completed two weeks of self-isolation six days ago following her arrival from Japan . The tournament is being played without fans, and with players using hand sanitizers and following social-distancing rules.

"And right now it seems to us that we are navigating the waters without a plan", Fortin told reporters ahead of question period. Legault said 332 care homes for seniors are dealing with COVID-19 infections.

Mr. Legault and Quebec's Director of Public Health Horacio Arruda have stayed in isolation in the provincial capital of Quebec City during the pandemic. Those include having COVID-19 transmissions under control; sufficient capacity to test, detect and trace infected people; and minimizing transmission in vulnerable places such as nursing homes. Some people are tested multiple times a day, according to the Institut national de sante publique, such as health workers.

She said the city will be looking at ways to offer resources to parents and children as they deal with the challenges and mental strain that can come from being stuck at home.

Legault is scheduled to spend two days in Montreal, and had planned to meet with the heads of the city's main health care centres Thursday afternoon.

Those fatalities are among the province's 40,724 total cases after 793 new patients were identified, marking Quebec the first to surpass the 40,000-case mark. Of those in a hospital, 190 are in intensive care, down four from the 194 reported 24 hours earlier. There are now 10,829 cases of people who were known to have infections who have recovered, 656 of whom are in the Estrie Region.

As of its last update, Quebec has performed 267,311 negative tests for COVID-19 to go along with its positive diagnoses.

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