As has been his habit since the beginning of the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared before the media in Ottawa this Saturday, May 9, to provide an update on COVID-19 in Canada. During it, he told the public that he is keeping a close eye on the situation in Montreal.\nAs of May 9 at 1 p.m., Montreal now has 18,855 confirmed COVID-19 cases, which is over half of Quebec's total of 36,986.\nProjections about the epidemic curve for the coming months in Montreal, based on a study by the Institut national de santé publique Québec (INSPQ), do not look very promising.\nDuring the press conference's question period, Christian Noël, a journalist from Radio-Canada, wanted to know the PM's opinion on the deconfinement of Greater Montreal.\n"Are you worried and do you think the Quebec government is going in the wrong direction?" he asked.\nThe Prime Minister was rather vague, but assured that he was working closely with Quebec authorities:\n"I am a Quebecer. I am a member of Parliament for Montreal. I am very concerned for the citizens in Montreal, just as I am concerned for people across the country," he responded.\nHe also reiterated the importance of relying on science in these times of crisis.\n"We must rely on science. We owe it to ourselves to make sure that what we are doing takes into account the protection of our citizens, our seniors, as a top priority."\nThe PM believes that economic recovery is important, but it must be done in the right way, without putting Canadians at risk.\nView this post on Instagram We’re doing everything we can to support you right now. Because at a time like this, you should be focused on what matters most - your health and the health of those you love. That’s exactly why we’re announcing the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit today. Click the link in my bio for more info. 🇨🇦 On fait tout ce qu’on peut pour vous aider. Dans les moments difficiles, vous devriez vous préoccuper de ce qui compte le plus : votre santé et celle de vos proches. C’est pour ça que nous annonçons aujourd’hui la Prestation canadienne d’urgence. Cliquez sur le lien dans ma bio pour obtenir plus d’info. A post shared by Justin Trudeau (@justinpjtrudeau) on Mar 25, 2020 at 10:54am PDT\n"Yes, there are concerns and I am working very closely with other governments, including François Legault's government, to ensure the right steps are being taken to keep people safe."\nHe indicated, among other things, that he is closely monitoring the situation in the CHSLDs in his riding of Papineau.\nTrudeau also took advantage of this press briefing to remind the media of some of the measures taken by his government to support those who are at the front in the battle against COVID-19.\nThe Prime Minister is working with the various provinces for an agreement to increase the wages of essential workers.\n"This week, thanks to this agreement, we are taking an important step towards putting more money in their pockets."\nHe also mentioned federal support for the food sector and the extension of the wage subsidy for businesses announced on Friday, May 8.\nThis article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.