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COVID-19: Quebec to add checkpoints, forbid non-essential travel to eight regions

Mar 28 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec government is moving to protect some of the province's more remote regions from the spread of COVID-19 by setting up checkpoints to block non-essential travel. Deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault announced the measure Saturday as health officials reported nearly 2,500 people in the province have tested positive for the disease. She said police checkpoints would […]

COVID-19: Quebec to add checkpoints, forbid non-essential travel to eight regions

Mar 28 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec government is moving to protect some of the province's more remote regions from the spread of COVID-19 by setting up checkpoints to block non-essential travel. Deputy premier Genevieve Guilbault announced the measure Saturday as health officials reported nearly 2,500 people in the province have tested positive for the disease. She said police checkpoints would […]

Authorities report two more deaths in Quebec, bringing COVID-19 toll to eight

Mar 26 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec reported another large increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday and added two more deaths as Premier Francois Legault called for volunteers to help those unable to buy food. The province reported 1,629 confirmed cases — the most in Canada — and two more deaths. One was in Montreal, and regional health authorities […]

Authorities report two more deaths in Quebec, bringing COVID-19 toll to eight

Mar 26 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec reported another large increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday and added two more deaths as Premier Francois Legault called for volunteers to help those unable to buy food. The province reported 1,629 confirmed cases — the most in Canada — and two more deaths. One was in Montreal, and regional health authorities […]

Astronauts on coping with COVID-19: plenty of routine, keep sight of big picture

Mar 26 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — In David Saint-Jacques' line of work, physical distancing comes with the job. The Canadian astronaut spent 204 days aboard the International Space Station, returning last June after nearly seven months working alongside a small crew aboard the International Space Station, far from his family. So Saint-Jacques and his fellow space travellers have experience […]

Family of Quebec’s first COVID-19 death implores people to follow health rules

Mar 19 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A woman who says her grandmother was the first Quebecer to die of COVID-19 has published an impassioned plea urging people to follow recommendations of public health officials. In a message posted to Facebook on behalf of the family, Bibianne Lavallee says 82-year-old Mariette Tremblay was a caring woman who was loved by all. "We didn't […]

Family of Quebec’s first COVID-19 death implores people to follow health rules

Mar 19 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A woman who says her grandmother was the first Quebecer to die of COVID-19 has published an impassioned plea urging people to follow recommendations of public health officials. In a message posted to Facebook on behalf of the family, Bibianne Lavallee says 82-year-old Mariette Tremblay was a caring woman who was loved by all. "We didn't […]

Quebec musicians, athletes answer premier’s call to warn youth on COVID-19

Mar 18 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec athletes and celebrities stepped up after the premier called on anyone with a large social media following to urge teens to heed COVID-19 health advice. Soon after Premier Francois Legault's plea Tuesday for help reinforcing his message that young people need to avoid gatherings, videos began appearing on the social media accounts of athletes, musicians and other influencers.  Coeur […]

Quebec reports first COVID-19 death, elderly victim had been in contact with travellers

Mar 18 2020 — Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec reported its first death from COVID-19 on Wednesday as Premier Francois Legault sought to reassure citizens the province is ready to confront the pandemic. Legault told a briefing on Wednesday that an elderly woman from the Lanaudiere region, northeast of Montreal, died of the disease linked to the novel coronavirus. "The battle will be hard, the battle […]