COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Tuesday
First case of U.K. coronavirus variant detected in province
- Quebec reported 2,381 new cases on Tuesday and 64 new deaths, 17 of which occurred in the last 24 hours.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 197,311 confirmed cases and 8,124 people have died. Here's a guide to the numbers.
- There are 1,131 people in hospital (an increase of seven) including 148 in intensive care (a decrease of two).
- 2,857 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday, for a total of 22,500.
- 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.
The first known Quebecer has been infected with the new coronavirus variant after coming into contact with a family member who had recently returned from the United Kingdom.
A statement from Quebec's Health Ministry says the family member had close contacts with three members of their immediate family after returning home on Dec. 11, more than a week before flights from the UK had been halted.
They tested positive on Dec. 13, and all three family members have since tested positive as well.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- 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.