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

Quebec Premier François Legault said Thursday that some COVID-19 restrictions may stay in place in red zones for longer than initially anticipated, but trick-or-treating will be permitted.

Some COVID-19 measures may be extended into November, but trick-or-treating permitted

Montreal high school students leave for the day at École Secondaire Georges-Vanier. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 969 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 more deaths on Thursday, eight of which occurred in the last 24 hours. Another two deaths were removed from the total because they were no longer deemed related to COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 89,963 confirmed cases in the province and 6,005 people have died. 
  • There are 493 people in hospital (an increase of five), including 83 in intensive care (an increase of three). Here's a guide to the numbers.
  • Having trouble keeping track of what's now closed? Consult our list.
  • 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.

COVID-19 closures may be in place in the pronvince's red zones for a little longer than initially anticipated, François Legault admitted in a news conference Thursday. 

He said case numbers seem to have reached a plateau, with an average of about 1,000 new cases per day. 

Still, with 28 more deaths added to the total today, he said it is important to keep following public health regulations and to strike a balance between protecting the vulnerable and returning to a sense of normalcy. 

Legault also announced Thursday that children will be allowed to go trick-or-treating this year, but with some conditions in place. 

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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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