- Quebec reported 1,728 new cases of COVID-19 and 37 additional deaths on Wednesday.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 156,468 confirmed cases and 7,349 people have died. One death was taken out of the total because the person did not end up having COVID. Here’s a guide to the numbers.
- There are 844 people in the hospital (an increase of nine) including 121 in intensive care (an increase of seven).
- 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.
Quebec’s director of public health admitted that the government’s decision to shut down restaurant dining rooms earlier this fall went against public health advice.
Opposition MPs spent hours questioning Dr. Horacio Arruda about the province’s response to COVID-19 on Wednesday. It was his first appearance before the parliamentary committee of the National Assembly since the start of the pandemic.“We had recommended that they could potentially remain open,” Arruda said in reference to restaurant dining areas. “Regarding the approach and perception of banning gatherings in homes while leaving areas where there are gatherings, the government has made a different decision. ”
Restaurant dining rooms have been closed in the Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions since October 1.
Arruda said he would have preferred to keep them open to family bubbles.
The province does not want to impose new restrictions at this time, but Premier François Legault has said police will impose more fines on those who flout COVID-19 health and safety rules in the coming days.
The first batch of Pfizer vaccine is expected to begin rolling out in Quebec early next week, after being approved by Health Canada on Wednesday. If all goes as planned, more than half a million Quebecers could be vaccinated by the end of March.
Montreal’s director of public health, Dr. Mylène Drouin, will provide an update at 1:30 pm You can watch it here.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- 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 is asking 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 distance 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.