Thousands screen for COVID-19, China lifts lockdown, Canadiens lay offs

Anchor: Luca Caruso-Moro

Writer: Hadassah Alencar




Thousands screen for COVID-19

On its opening day, the first coronavirus screening center in Montreal tested over 2,000 people.

This was at the Place des Festivals clinic, where no appointment is needed to test.

Instead, people only need to show symptoms of COVID-19, like a fever, dry cough or trouble breathing.

Quebec cases of COVID-16 have hit 1339 as of Wednesday afternoon. 

China lifts lockdown

After a two month quarantine in the province of Hubei in China, residents experiencing no cold symptoms are free to go outside.

The city of Wuhan, where the virus was first recorded, is the capital of the Hubei province and will remain quarantined until early April.

According to Chinese authorities, the rate of cases has drastically subsided with the Hubei province not recording any new infections for over a week.

The Canadien lay off 

The company that owns the Canadiens hockey team has announced they will lay off 60 per cent of their staff. 

Coaches and scouts will continue to receive their full salary. NHL players will also receive their full salary during the regular season.

All other employees will receive 80 per cent of their base salary for an eight week period.