COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know Tuesday

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  • Quebec has 53,185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,029 people died, an increase of 138 cases and 45 deaths compared to the previous day.
  • There are 961 people hospitalized (a decrease of 15), including 117 in intensive care (a decrease of four). Here is a guide to the numbers.
  • Small indoor gatherings and restaurant meals will be authorized, with certain restrictions, from June 15 in most of the province and from June 22 in Montreal.

The province of Quebec took an important step on Tuesday, with the number of deaths linked to COVID-19 exceeding 5,000.

“As a government, it tells us that we must do better in the future,” said Prime Minister François Legault.

“We continue to see an encouraging trend in the numbers, but that doesn’t mean the virus is gone. ”

Legault highlighted the hospitalization rate as a sign of hope. At the height of the pandemic last month, 1,682 people were hospitalized. On Monday, there were only 961.

The majority of deaths have occurred in long-term care homes across the province, he said, adding that the situation will improve as a training program for 10,000 nurses begins next week. .

Restaurants should reopen

The restaurants at the restaurant will be able to reopen from June 15 in most of the province and June 22 in the regions of Montreal, Joliette and Epiphany.

But Montreal chef Normand Laprise does not know how he will prepare his restaurants in time for the reopening, now that he has a list of public health restrictions to follow.

Customers should stay within two meters of anyone they do not live with, and staff should do the same, wear face covers in the kitchen while preparing food and disinfecting surfaces regularly.

Long-term care homes are not out of the woods yet, experts say

Quebec seems to be finally controlling the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care homes.

At the height of the crisis in mid-May, almost half of the 412 long-term care centers in Quebec, called CHSLDs, were treating at least one confirmed case of COVID-19.

At the start of this week, only 23% of cases were being treated.

Yet experts warn that there are still a number of issues that must be addressed if the province is to avoid further outbreaks in long-term care homes.

Small indoor gatherings will be allowed

Small indoor gatherings of up to 10 people will also be allowed starting June 15 in most of the province and June 22 in the Montreal, Joliette and Epiphany regions.

As with outdoor gatherings, indoor gatherings should only include members of three households.

Visitors should continue to keep a safe distance from each other and to clean the surfaces.

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