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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Thursday

Additional regulations for Quebec's red zones, announced by the provincial government earlier this week, officially go into effect today. 

From Quebec City to Montreal, nearly everything is now in the COVID-19 red zone

A man walks by a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 1,078 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths on Thursday, two of which occurred in the last 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 82,992 confirmed cases and 5,915 people have died. One death was subtracted from the total following further investigation.
  • There are 425 people in hospital (an increase of 16), including 68 in intensive care (an increase of six).
  • Here's a guide to the numbers
  • CBC Montreal is looking for health professionals who can help us cover issues surrounding the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec. For more information, click here.

Additional regulations for Quebec's red zones, announced by the provincial government earlier this week, officially go into effect today. 

Those new rules include banning team sports and organized leisure activities, and shutting down gyms, as well as mandatory masks for high school students. 

As of today, students in grades 10 and 11 will also be alternating between in-person courses and online learning, only sitting in the classroom every two days. 

The new changes affect all red zones, including the the Montreal area, Quebec City area, Chaudière-Appalaches region and three towns in the Gaspé. 

New red zones will also include the MRCs (regional county municipalities) of Bécancour, Nicolet-Yamaska, Drummond, Portneuf as well as the city of Trois-Rivières.

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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. 

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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