The Government of Quebec has taken the weekend off from giving public briefings but has continued to release official updates about the novel coronavirus situation in the province on its website. As of now, there are 18,357 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec, with 1,102 people remaining hospitalized.
On April 18, 805 deaths related to the novel coronavirus were reported. And today, on April 19, 72 more were reported.
The province has now seen 877 deaths related to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Canadian government's most recent update at 11 a.m. on April 19 showed that there are a total of 33,922 cases in the country — meaning Quebec's 18,357 cases makes up over half of Canada's total.
The reality of COVID-19 in our province has left the economy in a decline.
But luckily, both the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal have launched initiatives to help support local businesses during these difficult times.
For Quebec, officials started Le Panier Bleu, which is a directory of businesses around the province that offer e-commerce services right now, allowing individuals to find them all in one place.
And Montreal implemented an urban delivery network that will support merchants of the city.
Santé Québec's most recent Twitter update fills us in further about the novel coronavirus situation in the province.
#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 19 avril 2020 à 13 h, la situation est la suivante : ➡️18 357 cas confirmés ➡️145… https://t.co/kuou2zF038— Santé Québec (@Santé Québec) 1587316982.0
In Quebec, 145,191 individuals have tested negative for COVID-19 thus far.
Beginning in May, Quebec essential workers who "receive gross wages of $550 or less per week" will be able to apply for salary bonus applications.
Quebec has also recently expanded its list of essential services, allowing for the reopening of certain jobs.
In regards to the breakdown of confirmed cases in each Quebec region, Montreal remains the place in the province with the most cases, with a total of 8,457.
Happy Orthodox Easter to all those celebrating in Montreal and all over the world! This year, with the public healt… https://t.co/mDJMOqyphu— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1587299655.0
As Montreal remains a "hot spot" for the virus, officials remind everyone that, even on holidays like today, we must continue to practice social distancing.