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Montreal delays reopening after 75 new deaths in Quebec

Montreal has pushed back the reopening of the city's stores by one week after 75 new coronavirus deaths were reported in Quebec.
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC

Montreal has pushed back the reopening of the city's stores by one week after 75 new coronavirus deaths were reported in Quebec, according to CTV News.

Originally, Montreal had schedules non-essential stores to open on May 11, however, Quebec Premier Francois Legault has delayed this until May 18 over this new wave of deaths.

These new coronavirus cases and deaths were the main reason cited by Legault in a press conference today for this decision. Much of this has only affected Montreal, a city that has suffered more than others during this pandemic.

"There is a very small margin for error for a deconfinement in Montreal," said the premier. Despite this, Legault said coronavirus is "under control."

The only industries that will avoid this delay is manufacturing and construction. As well as this, schools will also reopen on time.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was concerned about sending his children back to their Montreal school. It is unclear how many other parents feel the same way.

2,280 people have died of coronavirus in Quebec and there are as many as 32,623. confirmed cases of the virus in the province.

Out of the 75 people who recently died of the virus, 72 were residents of a long-term care home.

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