Officials prepare for Easter, senior homes affected by COVID-19

COVID-19 Update for April 10

Avleen K Mokha

COVID-19 refers to the disease caused by a new kind of coronavirus. Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can affect animals and humans. The family of viruses causes respiratory illnesses.

The new kind of coronavirus was found in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

The global numbers

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in over two hundred countries across the world.

There have been 1,521,252 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 92,798 deaths, reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

An elderly person holding their cane.
Long-term senior residences are hot spots for COVID-19 cases. Montreal. Photo: Sabine van Erp / Pixabay

Cases in the neighbourhood

242 cases have been confirmed in the Villeray-St Michel-Parc Extension neighbourhood, as per Santé Montreal.

In the Montreal region, there are 5,262 confirmed cases including 91 deaths, as per Santé Montreal.

Montreal has 259 long-term care facilities and seniors’ homes. Outbreaks in 40 homes have been confirmed.

The latest measures

In accordance with the instructions issued by the Quebec government, the city cancelled festivals, sporting events and public meetings, until and including the day of July 2.

This includes religious gatherings that would take place in April, such as the Holy Week and Easter gatherings.

Montreal mayor Valérie Plante urged citizens to respect physical distance guidelines in a post made on her Facebook page.

“It is essential to make these efforts, since the whole of society benefits from observing the rules,” Plante said.

Main resources

+1 877 644-4545: Government hotline for COVID-19

211: Multilingual social and community helpline

Click here to visit the ACCESS Montreal website for information about COVID-19 in languages other than French.

Languages include English, Arabic, Persian, Greek, Italian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, and Armenian.