COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know on Friday

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  • Quebec has reported 1,033 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 other deaths, including eight in the past 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, there has been 97 321 confirmed cases in the province and 6,094 people have died.
  • There are 553 people in the hospital (a decrease of 12), including 101 in intensive care (an increase of seven). Here’s a guide to the numbers.
  • Finding it hard to keep up with what’s now closed? Check out our list.
  • CBC Montreal collects stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Prime Minister François Legault says he must wait until early next week to decide which red zone restrictions, if any, will be lifted next Wednesday.

He has previously clarified, however, that the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths will likely force the province to keep most restrictions in place, including closing restaurants and bars.

“It’s a matter of risk,” Legault said Thursday. “There are people, when they go to a restaurant, who don’t always respect the two meters. ”

Later this afternoon, the Deputy Premier of Quebec, Geneviève Guilbault, will provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in the Quebec region.

She will be accompanied by the mayor of Quebec, Régis Labeaume.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsened cough.
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea).

If you think you have COVID-19, the government asks you to call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment at a testing clinic.

Reminders from the Government of Quebec to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or face mask when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is compulsory in closed public spaces in the province.
  • Stay at least two meters from other people as much as possible.
  • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a trip outside the country.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.

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