Quebec Premier François Legault announced on Monday 27 new deaths as a result of COVID-19, bringing the death toll province-wide to 121, with a total of 8,590 confirmed cases. Legault told reporters that there were eight new hospitalizations and 10 more cases in intensive care. Legault said they're "getting closer" to the peak, but advised people must continue to abide by current measures.

Legault said on Monday that Labour Minister Jean Boulet would be announcing $100 million to help companies to train employees on new technologies, saying it could assist employees with developments like working from home. He said they would pay up to 100 per cent in wages and expenses to help businesses keep more employees.

Quebec chief medical officer of health Horacio Arruda said on Monday that projections for COVID-19 are planned to be released on Tuesday and it is a way to meet the "appetite" for information that people are looking for. He said they don't want to present too many scenarios past the end of April because it then becomes "like astrology," and is difficult to estimate. He added officials don't want to give a prediction for the peak because it is likely to come in Montreal earlier than Quebec as a whole.

According to data from Google, the guidelines to stay home and practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic were the most respected in Quebec, out of all 50 U.S. states and all of Canada, and to that, the premier said that he's proud of this accomplishment because of the lives that have been saved from slowing the spread of the virus.

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