Coronavirus live updates: Legault visits Montreal, suggests making all CHSLDs public

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Legault floats idea of nationalizing CHSLDs

In a meeting with Montreal’s senior health managers Thursday, Quebec Premier François Legault raised the idea of nationalizing the province’s privately run long-term care centres, or CHSLDs. The seniors’ centres have been decimated by the coronavirus in Quebec, accounting for more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in the province.

“What he’s thinking is whether or not all the long-term care facilities should be public, or whether they should all more formally come under the CIUSSSes rather than remain private,” one source said.

It was Legault’s first appearance in Montreal since the start of the crisis. Legault said at his afternoon press briefing that he had not come earlier to Montreal, the epicentre of the outbreak in Quebec and Canada because he had to set the example and not travel widely in the province. He took the opportunity to quiz the executive directors of Montreal’s five regional health authorities, taking copious notes.

Quebec registered 131 new deaths Thursday.

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Six out of 10 Canadian COVID-19 deaths were in Quebec

As of 4 a.m., there were 73,401 and 5,472 deaths in Canada.

Quebec, with about 23 per cent of Canada’s population, has had 60 per cent of its deaths.

  • Quebec: 40,724 confirmed (including 3,351 deaths, 10,829 resolved)
  • Ontario: 21,494 confirmed (including 1,798 deaths, 16,204 resolved)
  • Alberta: 6,457 confirmed (including 121 deaths, 5,205 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 2,392 confirmed (including 135 deaths, 1,885 resolved)
  • Nova Scotia: 1,026 confirmed (including 51 deaths, 909 resolved)
  • Saskatchewan: 582 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 398 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 278 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 252 resolved), 11 presumptive
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 248 resolved)
  • New Brunswick: 120 confirmed (including 118 resolved)
  • Prince Edward Island: 27 confirmed (including 27 resolved)
  • Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
  • Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 11 resolved)
  • Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)
  • Nunavut: No confirmed cases

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Relieved parents salute about-face on elementary schools

Parents, teachers and business-owners lauded Premier François Legault’s change of heart on the question of opening elementary schools in Montreal.

After setting May 25 as the date for children to return, the premier decided on Thursday the COVID-19 situation is still too volatile and cancelled the remainder of the school year.

“It’s all uncharted territory, so I appreciate that the premier took his time and made the right call,” said David Lazar, whose two daughters attend Royal Vale in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

The head of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers called Legault’s decision wise, but said she “wished it would have come a lot sooner.”

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