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A sign asks Montrealers to voluntarily wear a protective mask in Montreal, on Friday, May 15, 2020.Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

The Quebec government will give one million masks to the city of Montreal to distribute in its COVID-19 hot zones.

Premier François Legault says the province will also give $6-million in funding to help transit agencies in the greater Montreal area secure protective face coverings.

Mr. Legault wrapped up a two-day visit to the city at the centre of Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. He says he met with the heads of regional health authorities in the area to find out more about the disease’s spread in the city’s long-term care homes and seniors residences.

The Premier says the biggest issue remains attracting staff, but other matters discussed included bringing all private long-term-care homes under the public system and the issue of some long-term-care homes not having a senior manager overseeing operations.

Quebec reported 50 deaths and 696 additional cases on Friday.

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