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Coronavirus live updates: As second wave takes hold, Trudeau reinstates COVID-19 briefings

Outbreak in Montreal hockey league raises questions about contact tracing.

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In first-wave epicentre, Montreal North residents ‘can’t stop worrying’

When Montreal was the Canadian epicentre of the pandemic during the first wave, Montreal North was the hardest-hit neighbourhood in the city.

Interviewed this week, community workers said they feel the neighbourhood is better prepared to fend off the virus this time around.

But they also fear the underlying inequalities that made its residents vulnerable in the first place could put them at risk again.

Read our full story, by Jesse Feith.

MONTREAL, QUE.: SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 -- Samael Noncent, left, and Marie Missoule Michaud with her son Yson, outside their apartment building in Montreal North on Wednesday September 23, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pierre Obendrauf / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 65045 - 7216
Samael Noncent, left, and Marie Missoule Michaud with her son Yson, outside their apartment building in Montreal North on Wednesday September 23, 2020. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette

Outbreak in hockey league raises questions about contact tracing

Given the breadth of a recent outbreak in a Montreal seniors’ hockey league, a player was struck by the fact no one at the testing centres recorded where he might have been infected – or that he had been at an event five days prior with nearly two dozen people who could have been spreading the disease for days.

Read our full story, by René Bruemmer.

Angus Mackay is the organizer of a seniors hockey beer league in Point St- Charles in which 8 players have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Mackay is currently self-quarantining at home in Montreal West on Thursday September 24, 2020. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette ORG XMIT: 65059
Angus Mackay is the organizer of a seniors hockey beer league in Pointe-St- Charles in which eight players have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Mackay is self-quarantining at home in Montreal West. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

Trudeau reinstates COVID-19 updates as pandemic’s second wave worsens

From The Canadian Press:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join Canada’s top public health officers today for their daily update on the worsening COVID-19 health crisis.

Trudeau is expected to have an announcement about his government’s ongoing efforts to protect Canadians and combat the potentially deadly novel coronavirus.

But he’s also expected to start joining chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and her deputy, Howard Njoo, more regularly at their daily briefings – a sign of how serious the second wave of COVID-19 has already become.

During the first wave last spring, Trudeau held daily news conferences outside his home, Rideau Cottage, but those tailed off and finally stopped as the pandemic went into a bit of a lull over the summer.

The coronavirus is now back, with caseloads spiking dramatically in the four largest provinces over the past few weeks.

After long-term care, Quebec private seniors’ residences a growing concern

A slow but steady rise of cases in Quebec’s private seniors’ residences in recent weeks is causing concern among experts and authorities, who want to avoid the disaster that befell long-term care homes during the first wave of the novel coronavirus.

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