Quebec announced its sixth consecutive daily decline in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Monday, as retail stores in the Montreal area reopened after weeks of closings to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Authorities have repeatedly postponed the day of the reopening of stores in the Montreal area because they feared that the province’s health care system could not handle a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases.
Prime Minister François Legault told reporters in Montreal on Monday that in the past seven days, 114 COVID-19 patients had left hospitals in the Montreal area, while there were approximately 1,194 patients left. The situation is improving, but “it’s still fragile,” he said.
“This is why we are gradually reopening. Legault also announced on Monday that shopping centers outside the greater Montreal area may reopen on June 1. The manufacturing sector was also allowed to operate 100% across the province as of Monday.
“We must continue to be careful because we cannot afford to dramatically increase the number of people in our Montreal hospitals over the next few days or weeks. “
Quebec – which, like Ontario, struggled to meet its own COVID-19 test goals – has finally achieved its goal of 14,000 daily COVID-19 tests. Authorities carried out around 15,000 to 16,000 tests a day Thursday and Friday, said Dr Horacio Arruda, director of public health in the province.
That number fell to less than 12,000 on Saturday, and Arruda said he expected the number of tests to be even lower on Sunday, noting that fewer people visit test clinics on weekends.
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At 7:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Canada had 85,711 confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus, of which 44,651 were considered to be cured or resolved. A count of CBC News deaths based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC reports is 6,637.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said on Monday that the first wave of the pandemic had not exceeded the capacity of Canada’s health care system. But she warned that a second wave is potentially under way and that Canada must prepare for it.
“I think you can never be too prepared and that we just need to continue with some of these capacity developments,” she said.
Federal government expected to inform Canadians Tuesday of results of race to get personal protective equipment – just as demand is set to skyrocket with more people returning to work and public health officials preparing to a second potential wave of COVID-19 infections.
Here’s what’s happening in the provinces and territories
British Columbia provincial health worker says gatherings will be limited to 50 people at this time, even though some COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. Dr. Bonnie Henry said it was too early to increase the number of people allowed to assemble. Find out more about what’s going on in British Columbia
Alberta Will Allow Private Businesses To Purchase Personal Protective Equipment, Including Masks And Gloves, From The Province at fair prices until June 30, but after that, they will have to secure their own suppliers. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, reported 19 new cases and three more deaths from COVID-19 on Monday. Learn more about what’s going on in Alberta.
Saskatchewan restaurants and bars are preparing before the June 8 opening date. The province reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 634, of which 546 are considered recovered. Learn more about what’s going on in Saskatchewan.
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Manitoba did not report any new cases of coronavirus on Monday, marking three days with no new cases. Learn more about what’s going on in Manitoba.
Ontario reported 404 new cases on Monday, bringing the province’s total to 25,904, of which 19,698 are considered recovered or resolved. The provincial death toll from COVID-19 was 2194. Learn more about what’s going on in Ontario, including an overview of some of the changes Toronto is considering to improve physical distance in parks.
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Quebec reported 85 additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number to 4,069 since the start of the pandemic. Legault said 42 of the recently reported deaths occurred more than seven days ago in Laval, a hard-hit city north of Montreal. Learn more about what’s going on in Montreal.
New Brunswick did not report any new cases on Monday, but health officials said they are still investigating the only active case in the province. Learn more about what’s going on at N.B.
Nova Scotia reported a new case of coronavirus on Monday, with no new deaths. Provincial health officials say six people are hospitalized with COVID-19, including three cases in the intensive care unit. Learn more about what’s happening in N.S.
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Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly to sit Tuesday to deal with emergency spending measures linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about what’s going on on P.E.I.
Newfoundland and Labrador has now spent 18 days with no new cases of COVID-19. Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Medical Officer of Health, says it is natural for people to feel more secure with so few cases, but urges people to stay alert. Learn more about what’s going on at N.L.
Members of the Northwest Territories to question ministers on COVID-19 response Tuesday as they return to the Legislative Assembly. Learn more about what’s going on in the North.
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