While you were sleeping: What day is it anyhow?


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Here’s what happened last night. 

A contract to dismantle the old Champlain Bridge has been signed. Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. confirmed the design-build contract with Nouvel Horizon St-Laurent G.P., saying the work “will create hundreds of jobs in the coming months.” The deconstruction will cost $225.7 million, not including direct costs for sanitary measures, “the total cost of which will be compiled at the end of the contract.” But the contract will be “within the project’s global $400-million envelope” and be completed in winter 2024, said CEO Sandra Martel.

COVID-19 is now infecting one million new people every week. It took four months after the pathogen first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan to reach 1 million infections. The spread of the coronavirus has steadily accelerated, compressing the time frame to a million additional cases every week now. “It’s a startling number,” Richard Riggs, chief medical officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said of the 10 million milestone. “It seems like it’s going to continue for quite some time.”

With files from Canadian Press, Bloomberg. 

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