Most schools in Montreal should close, says Harvard guide

Schools in the Outremont borough should already have closed their doors, while those in Montreal-North should prepare for it, according to the recommendations of a model established by Harvard University.

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Researchers believe that when a neighborhood exceeds 25 new daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants, residents should not leave the house at all, including to go to school.

As the data compiled by The Globe and Mail show, Outremont greatly exceeds this critical threshold, reporting almost 37 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last week of September.

At the same time in Montreal North, we were very close to crossing that threshold.

In fact, almost all the boroughs of Montreal recorded between 10 and 25 new daily cases on average per 100 inhabitants, which corresponds to the orange level of the guide developed by several departments of Harvard University, including the Institute of Global Health.

Still according to this scale, only the boroughs of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Verdun, LaSalle and Lachine were at the yellow level.

At the end of September, no sector on the Island of Montreal had a spread rate of 1 new daily case per 100,000 people or less.

According to Harvard University, it is only at this level that schools can safely remain open.

Among the major Canadian cities, Montreal is by far the place where the coronavirus is most widespread in the territory.

In Toronto, most neighborhoods were still yellow two weeks ago.

About Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith who hails from Toronto, Canada currently runs this news portofolio who completed Masters in Political science from University of Toronto. She started her career with BBC then relocated to TorontoStar as senior political reporter. She is caring and hardworking.

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