On Thursday, Regional Public Health Director Dr. Mylène Drouin called Montreal the "epicentre" of the outbreak in Quebec. As of April 2, the territory (including the metropolis and on-island suburbs) had 2,642 of the province's total of 5,518 cases. The outbreak curve, which displays the number of cases over time, shows an increasingly steep climb since March 15, when the city had four confirmed infections.

Some areas are harder hit than others, though.

At the time of writing, five boroughs and one municipality count over 100 cases: Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (253), Côte-Saint-Luc (147), LaSalle (119), Plateau-Mont-Royal (120), Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie (133), and Ville-Marie (114).

But Drouin has confirmed that transmission is taking place across the island.

To slow the spread of the virus, the city has been the focus of increasingly severe recommendations to restrict travel.

Quebec Premier François Legault has asked no one to leave or visit Montreal unless it's "very necessary."

On Thursday, Mayor Plante further said that residents should remain in their own neighbourhoods.

All of these efforts are aimed at "flattening the curve" to prevent a sudden influx of patients that could overwhelm the health care system.

This is what the curve looks like based on data from April 2.

Note, however, that the data for April 1 is incomplete.

Here, also, is the number of cases per borough and municipality:

Ahuntsic–Cartierville     98    
Anjou     19    
Baie-D'Urfé     < 5    
Beaconsfield     10    
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce     253    
Côte-Saint-Luc     147    
Dollard-des-Ormeaux     28    
Dorval   16    
Hampstead     22    
Kirkland     8    
Lachine     32    
LaSalle     119    
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève     9    
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve     91    
Montréal-Est     < 5    
Montréal-Nord     50    
Montréal-Ouest     < 5    
Mont-Royal     31    
Outremont     88    
Pierrefonds–Roxboro   39    
Plateau-Mont-Royal   120    
Pointe-Claire     14    
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles     73    
Rosemont–La Petite Patrie     133    
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue     < 5    
Saint-Laurent     81    
Saint-Léonard     37    
Senneville     0    
Sud-Ouest     83    
Verdun     77    
Ville-Marie   114    
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension     88    
Westmount     33    
Cases with location to be confirmed 715    
Total in Montreal   2,642

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As for when residents can expect the curve to peak, Premier Legault said Wednesday that public health officials will release their projections in the coming days.

Despite the seemingly rapid increase in the number of cases in the province, he assured residents Thursday that the province is prepared for the situation, with enough supplies to last a week and more incoming and 6,000 available beds for patients.

Both provincial and municipal authorities, meanwhile, have said there are no plans to confine Montreal or establish the kind of police checkpoints seen in other Quebec regions to prevent non-essential travel.

Stay tuned for more news.

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