This week in COVID-19: what you need to know

Quebec sees lower number of daily cases and fewer hospitalizations. Meanwhile, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension has 1,992 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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 first found in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to over 200 countries.

The global numbers

As of today there are 6,663,304 confirmed cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). 392,802 people have died due to COVID-19.

The latest in Quebec

As of today, there are 52,624 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province.

Quebec confirmed 226 new cases since yesterday. This marks the lowest daily increase of COVID-19 cases since March 23.

The province confirmed 35 new deaths today, bringing Quebec’s death toll to 4,970 since the crisis started.

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Rainbow painted on a window, with the words “Ca va bien aller” (All will be well). Photo: Charles Deluvio / Unsplash

Today also marks the lowest number of reported hospitalizations since mid-April. Currently, 981 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, a decrease of 49 since yesterday. The number of patients in intensive care stands at 129.

Cases in the neighbourhood

Montreal has 26,122 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Just under 8% of these cases come from Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.

Right now, the borough has 1,992 confirmed cases. That’s 110 new cases since last Saturday.

126 people have died in the borough because of the disease. That’s 9 new deaths in this past week.

Main stories of the week

Here is a recap of the main headlines this week:

Swimming pools to reopen June 20

The borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension announced that its swimming pools will reopen June 20. 

Strategic Medical Advisor for public health Richard Masse explained that chlorinated water would not allow the spread of COVID-19. Swimmers must keep a distance of 2 meters.

The borough has already opened its public water parks for the summer.

Daycares, dentists reopen

Daycares reopened Monday at half capacity. Dentists have also begun reopening across the province.

Audiovisual production to reopen June 8

The province will also radio and TV production to resume June 8, Culture Minister Nathalie Roy announced on Monday.

Roy also announced Quebec will invest $250 million for creative professionals in the province. Many artists depend on summer festivals, which have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Montreal in $500-million deficit

Montreal is facing a $500-million deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, city mayor Valerie Plante said Tuesday.

Plante says the provincial and federal governments must provide financial aid to help the city stay afloat.

Soccer, baseball, and yoga activities resume

Quebec soccer and baseball players can begin team practice again starting June 8. Players should be supervised to make sure players stay 2 meters apart.

By June 8, fitness activities like yoga classes can also restart as long as they happen outdoors.

Salons, tattoo shops to reopen June 15

Hair dressers, tattoo parlours and other personal-care businesses will be able to reopen June 15 across Montreal.

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