Montreal residents sing Leonard Cohen from their balconies during coronavirus self-isolation
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Watch Montreal residents sing Leonard Cohen from their balconies during coronavirus self-isolation

At a time when millions of people are being forced to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic, a small community in Canada take to their balconies to remember the great Leonard Cohen.

The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 24th, more than 382,972 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.

With more than 16,585 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.

With the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in self-isolation after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for the virus, the country is now enforcing stronger rules of social distancing. Quebec Premier François Legault has paused the province’s economy and, as of March 23rd, all non-essential businesses will remain closed until April 13th as the number of COVID-19 cases more than doubled to 628.

“Effectively, Quebec will be on pause for the next three weeks,” he said. “It’s important, in order to give us all the chances to reduce the spread of the virus, to take this decision, which is difficult, but in my opinion necessary.”

He added: “What I want to tell Quebecers who are not working in an essential service, please stay at home. The more we limit (human) contact, the faster we will limit the virus and the faster we will be able to return to our normal lives. So it’s time to be united more than ever.”

“I don’t want to scare people, but I have to. “It’s a question of life and death.”

The local people have responded to the urgency of the situation and are now self-isolating. In a bid to pass some time, a local community joined forces while on their balconies to sing iconic Leonard Cohen song ‘So Long, Marianne’.

Stream the footage, below.

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