Quebec, the Canadian province struck hardest by the coronavirus pandemic; Tuesday stated it would slowly reopen its economy in May, whereas keeping some social distancing constraints to avoid potential flare-ups.
All ten provinces have closed down most non-essential enterprises to fight the outbreak, putting thousands out of labor.
Legault thanked the business group, saying, “I do know these have been terrible weeks; it’s been hell financially.”
Data published on Tuesday showed the death count across Canada had risen by over 10% for the first time in nine days, climbing 11.1% to a total of 2,766. There have been 49,025 confirmed cases.
Quebec, the second-most populated region, accounts for 58% of the coronavirus-related deaths and 51% of confirmed instances.
The vast majority of Quebec deaths have occurred in nursing homes and amongst people aged 60 and over. Legault stated on Monday that some schools would soon reopen.
Separately, PM Justin Trudeau stated Ottawa and the provinces would quickly release guidelines on returning to regular, stressing there needed to be enough capacity to check and trace the coronavirus to control any new unfold.
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam mentioned the fight in opposition to the coronavirus was “still a marathon.”
The epidemic is spreading more slowly, updated federal modeling confirmed, with the number of cases doubling every 16 days now compared with every 3 days early in the crisis.