Coronavirus live updates: Quebec reports 133 new cases, no additional deaths

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Students have right to online learning, parents tell Quebec in lawyer’s letter

Constitutional lawyer Julius Grey is challenging Quebec’s order that children must return to classes in the fall without giving parents who are fearful of COVID-19 an option for online learning.

In a letter of warning sent to Education Minister Jean-François Roberge Wednesday in the name of four mothers concerned for the health of their children and family members, Grey argues forcing parents to choose between sending their children to school or having to withdraw them from the formal educational system and opt for home-schooling contravenes the Canadian and Quebec charters of rights and freedoms.

Read our full story, by René Bruemmer.

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Quebec needs to streamline COVID testing and contact tracing: scientist

Testing, isolating and contact tracing play a decisive role in slowing, if not stopping, the spread of COVID-19 if each step in the chain is done swiftly and effectively. Yet no one is in charge to make sure that whole process goes quickly and smoothly in Quebec.

Because timing is critical, an expert suggests the province and each regional “hot spot” should designate a chief who would be in charge of the test-trace-isolate process — ideally with a budget that would enable the person to allocate resources when there’s a weak link in the chain.

Read our full story, by Linda Gyulai.

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Montrealers can get tested at 14 clinics today

Fourteen test clinics across Montreal are available for COVID-19 screening today.

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The situation across Canada

This was the situation across Canada as of last night, according to theCanada COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard.

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