COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know on Saturday

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  • Quebec has 36,150 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,725 people have died. That’s 94 more deaths a day earlier.
    There are 1,827 people hospitalized, including 207 in intensive care. Here is a guide to the numbers.
  • The reopening of schools, daycares and shops in Montreal has been postponed to May 25.
  • The unemployment rate in Quebec climbed to 17%, the highest ever recorded.
  • The Montreal public transit agency, the STM, will distribute free masks to commuters.

According to the Quebec Institute of Public Health, deaths and hospitalizations in the Montreal region could increase rapidly once deconfinement begins.

The institute (INSPQ) has released a report predicting a crude number – a maximum of 150 deaths and 500 hospitalizations per day by July – once businesses and schools start reopening.

It does not account for deaths in long-term care homes.

The report, written by experts from the INSPQ and Laval University, aimed to “predict the potential impact of the deconfinement strategies announced by the Government of Quebec for the Montreal region and other regions of the province”.

Travel rules

With travel restrictions in some areas of the province removed, many Quebecers are now wondering if that means they can go to their cottage or visit other provinces.

The answer to this question is – it depends.

Public markets adapt to the start of the outdoor season

Montreal’s public markets put in place new security measures at the start of the outdoor season, including controlled entrances, a hand sanitizer galore and crowd control.

To get an idea of ​​what is being done at the Jean-Talon market to ensure the safety of people, click here.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, security measures include makeshift shields that act as a barrier between suppliers and customers. (Elias Abboud / CBC)

Other information you may want to know

The federal government has suspended shipments of N95 respirators from a Montreal-based supplier.

We want to hear your stories about life in quarantine.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised more Ottawa pandemic aid is on the way.

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