• Three Montreal boroughs, Ahuntsic–Cartierville, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, and Montréal-Nord, count over 1,000 total confirmed cases each.
  • Here's the complete breakdown of cases by borough and municipality as of April 26.

The number of confirmed infections continues to climb in Quebec. As of April 27, the province counts 24,982 cumulative cases with 17,866 active cases, according to the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ). With 12,034 confirmed cases as of the same date, Montreal, long called the "epicentre" of the outbreak in Quebec, makes up almost half of the provincial total. Three boroughs, moreover, have topped 1,000 total cases each: Ahuntsic–Cartierville (1,007), Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (1,097), and Montréal-Nord (1,110).

But despite regular increases in the number of COVID-19 cases, the government is moving forward with plans to reopen schools and businesses, citing stabilization in the number of hospitalizations.

Premier Legault announced Monday that elementary schools and daycares will open in mid-May: May 19 for the Montreal metropolitan area, including Laval, and May 11 for elsewhere in the province.

Attendance will be optional, however.

On Tuesday, he is set to outline his plan for the gradual reopening of businesses. Non-essential enterprises have been closed since the end of March.

The Premier has suggested that these plans could differ by region.

"We can see that the situation is very, very much under control in hospitals outside Montreal," he said Monday.

"So, I do not see why we would wait any longer outside Montreal. So, as long as the situation is different in Montreal than in the rest of Quebec, well, automatically, the containment measures may be different."

National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda further explained that the next few days will be critical in determining the deconfinement process in the metropolis.

"The next few days are major," he said, referring to public health officials' evaluation of the progression of the outbreak in the city.

The famous "curve of cases in Montreal," he further explained,  has currently reached "a kind of plateau."

The complete breakdown of cases by borough and municipality as of April 26 is below. 

Ahuntsic–Cartierville     1,007    
Anjou     279    
Baie-D'Urfé     6    
Beaconsfield     25    
Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce     1,097    
Côte-Saint-Luc     335    
Dollard-des-Ormeaux     130    
Dorval   77    
Hampstead     37    
Kirkland     27    
Lachine     155    
LaSalle     485    
L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève      54    
Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve     830    
Montréal-Est     14    
Montréal-Nord     1,110    
Montréal-Ouest     9    
Mont-Royal     96    
Outremont     183    
Pierrefonds–Roxboro   155    
Plateau-Mont-Royal   488    
Pointe-Claire     63    
Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles     869    
Rosemont–La Petite Patrie     629    
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue        
Saint-Laurent     433    
Saint-Léonard     509    
Senneville     < 5    
Sud-Ouest     500    
Verdun     535    
Ville-Marie   322    
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension     871    
Westmount     91    
Case location to be confirmed 604    
Total in Montreal 12,034

This information comes from Santé Montréal. 

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