COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend
Montreal, Quebec City, Chaudière-Appalaches expected to be moved to orange alert level on Sunday
- Quebec reported 462 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death on Sunday. Four other deaths, occurring between Sept. 13 and Sept. 18 were also reported. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 67,542 confirmed cases and 5,802 people have died.
- There are 138 people in hospital (an increase of seven), including 31 in intensive care (no change). Here's a guide to the numbers.
- CBC Montreal is collecting stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please get in touch.
- Having trouble keeping track of what has reopened? Consult our list.
Quebec reported 462 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, up from 427 on Saturday. These have been the highest daily increases since the end of May.
The government is expected to announce Sunday that it is reducing the size of private gatherings and imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the province's two biggest cities, in response to an increase in COVID-19 infections.
Radio-Canada has learned that Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, which is south of Quebec City, will be placed on "moderate alert."
That is the orange, or second-highest, alert level under the province's regional system for categorizing the danger of the novel coronavirus.
Health Minister Christian Dubé is scheduled to give a news conference at 5 p.m. today. He will be accompanied by Public Heath Director Horacio Arruda.
With cases across the province rising this month, public health officials are urging Quebecers to follow physical-distancing and mask guidelines when having small, private gatherings.
Quebec police are also visiting licensed establishments this weekend to ensure COVID-19 rules are being followed.
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- More than 1 in 10 Quebec schools have at least one case of COVID-19
- Long lines at screening sites in hard-hit zones lead to waits of up to five hours in Quebec.
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- Quebec's Heart and Lung Institute scrambles to stem an outbreak after seven staff members contract COVID-19.
- Quebec extremists radicalized by COVID-19 conspiracy theories could turn to violence, experts warn.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
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.