Too many people hospitalized to reopen Montreal as planned, Legault says

Coronavirus Canada updates Quebec adds 114 more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday

Coronavirus Canada updates Quebec adds 114 more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday

Originally, Montreal had schedules non-essential stores to open on May 11, however, Quebec Premier Francois Legault has delayed this until May 18 over this new wave of deaths.

He said that while the hospital situation is now under control, there aren't enough empty beds to accommodate a surge in patients after more people go out and get sick.

Quebec province has racked up more than half of Canada's 3,900 coronavirus deaths and 66,000 infections, the vast majority of them in Montreal, which has become the country's epicenter for the outbreak.

Julie Gregoire said staff at her furniture store donned plastic visors when greeting about 80 customers, a higher number than usual.

Elementary schools and daycares are scheduled to resume, with distancing measures in place, on May 11 in regions outside Montreal and on May 19 in Montreal.

The province is expected to announce added incentives in the coming days to encourage more people to apply to work full time in hard-hit long-term care homes, allowing hospital staff to return to their usual jobs. "We will follow the situation very closely and take a data-driven decision".

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Madhya Pradesh has reported 156 deaths, Rajasthan 71, Delhi 64, Uttar Pradesh 43, West Bengal 35 and Andhra Pradesh 33. Tripura has registered 16 cases, Meghalaya has reported 12, Puducherry eight, while Goa has seven COVID-19 cases.

Quebec is the only one of Canada's provinces to have chose to re-open its primary schools by the end of this academic year in June.

"The situation is under control in the rest of Quebec", Legault told a briefing.

Meanwhile, Quebec announced 118 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday for a total of 2,398.

While schools in the 514, 438 and 450 area codes are on track to re-open in two weeks, Montreal-area businesses will not re-open on May 11th as planned, but May 18th.

On Monday afternoon, Montreal announced it was partnering with the city's transit agency to use buses to create mobile testing units. There are 867 cases in the Estrie region.

The much smaller neighboring province of New Brunswick has not allowed a re-opening and on Monday marked its sixth day without new cases of the coronavirus.

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