The city of Montreal is renewing its call for vigilance as it moves into the orange zone on the province's new regional alert system -- and is clarifying a few details as to what this level means for Montrealers.
A handful of protesters stood outside a Montreal subway station on Saturday, chanting "Liberty!" and waving Quebec flags in one of a number of demonstrations taking part around the province to protest mandatory mask wearing and call for an end to the government state of emergency aimed at fighting the pandemic.
Quebec public health authorities announced Sunday that 67,542 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the province and 5,802 people have died due to the disease since the start of the pandemic.
Montreal is moving up one level, to orange, in Quebec's COVID-19 alert system, the provincial health minister announced. Chaudiere-Appalaches and part of Quebec City are also now orange. A host of new restrictions is following.
As the harvest begins, many Quebec vineyards are offering the population the chance to come and lend a hand to pick the grapes between mid-September and Thanksgiving, an intense period, which represents the culmination of the work of a whole year.
New data suggests that more than 500 COVID-19 infections in Canada have been linked to public venues including stores, bars, restaurants, daycares and schools since the beginning of July as more businesses continue to reopen and restrictions are eased.
Keeping the novel coronavirus at bay will require many more months of physical distancing, ramped-up testing and contact tracing, quarantining and workplace and community closures to handle outbreaks, says a new report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.