In the space of two weeks, the number of homeless tested positive to the COVID-19 has tripled in Montreal.
According to the most recent data concerning that vulnerable clients sent Wednesday to TVA News, there are now nine people travelling with the COVID-19 in the metropolis.
Besides, they were quickly placed in the old Royal Victoria Hospital into an isolation unit to counter the spread of the virus.
The public Health authorities indicate that a homeless person has died of the coronavirus.
Day centers for the homeless have been open since the City of Montreal has declared a state of emergency, in particular at Cabot square and to the place Émilie-Gamelin.
A hotel has also been requisitioned for the homeless waiting for a test result.
To the defense of the young homeless
By QMI Agency
The Commission of human rights and the rights of the youth demand to the police to exercise judgement in the application of crisis measures in their interventions with young people in situation of homelessness.
Indeed, the Commission “is concerned about the tickets issued to young people in situations of homelessness and the discriminatory impact of the prohibition of gathering on persons in a situation of homelessness”, one can read in a statement released Thursday.
The Commission has been alarmed by recent media reports revealing that of young Montrealers in a situation of homelessness had received tickets 1546 $ for violating the rules of distancing physical.
“We do not call into question the isolation measures imposed by the government in the context of a health crisis, but we ask that you consider the disproportionate impact of the application of these measures on people who are already vulnerable, stated Philippe-André Tessier, president of the Commission. The people in the situation of homelessness cannot be isolated in their home, because they don’t have.”
The organization recalled that profiling is discriminatory is prohibited even when measures of a health emergency and civil emergency are in force.