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

Premier François Legault said he sympathizes with young people who are frustrated about the curfew, but he says the public health measures are no longer about protecting the elderly from COVID-19. With younger people at risk of hospitalization, he says they need to be very careful.

Premier Legault warns young people their health is at risk if they disobey public health rules

People wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 1,490 new cases on Tuesday and 12 more deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 329,472 confirmed cases and 10,756 people have died.
  • There are 643 people in hospital (an increase of 13), including 150 in intensive care (an increase of eight).
  • 56,620 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours for a total of 2,005,106 since Dec. 14. 

Premier François Legault says he understands the frustration that boiled over in protests in Montreal about the curfew in recent days.

But Legault also warned young people that they are not impervious to risk from COVID-19.

"I understand you are fed up," Legault said at his regular Tuesday news conference. "But now it is your health that's on the line."

With younger patients ending up in the ICU, people in their 20s should be "very careful" about their behaviour, the premier said.

Vaccinations progressing

The province has reached a vaccination milestone.

It has administered two million doses of vaccines against COVID-19, one day shy of the four-month mark of the start of the inoculation campaign.

The pace of vaccinations has quickened in recent days, but so has the spread of the virus. The province has been averaging close to 1,600 new cases since last week.

Along with the growing caseload, the number of people hospitalized due to the virus has increased from 514 to 643 in the last eight days.

Vaccination for people with chronic illnesses

As of yesterday, people age 60 and younger who live in Montreal and have high-risk chronic illnesses and receive treatments or consult their doctors in hospital will be able to book their vaccine appointments.

The full list of criteria and guidelines is available here.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

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

If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.  

To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces across the province.
  • Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible. 
  • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay 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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