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

Quebec reported another 1,345 cases on Friday, a day after Premier François Legault cancelled his "moral contract" to allow holiday gatherings. Here's what you need to know.

Starting today, police and workplace inspectors are expected to be more visible in shopping malls

Quebecers in red zones are no longer allowed to gather in groups of 10 during the holidays. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 1,345 new cases of COVID-19 and 28 more deaths on Friday.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 147,877 confirmed cases and 7,183 people have died. Here's a guide to the numbers
  • There are 761 people in hospital (an increase of 24), including 97 in intensive care (a decrease of two).
  • 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.

Quebecers are still reeling a day after Premier François Legault cancelled his "moral contract" to allow holiday gatherings due to the high number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The province reported 1,345 new infections on Friday, continuing the weeks-long trend of hovering near, and mostly over, 1,000 cases per day.

On Tuesday, Legault was still holding onto the possibility of Christmas gatherings, but in the two days that followed, the province reported combined totals of 2,984 new infections and 73 deaths, with the number of people in hospital due to the virus climbing well above 700.

The premier said public health authorities wanted to wait until Dec. 11 to make a call, but he said he made the political decision to let people know as soon as possible that Christmas gatherings in red zones would not be happening.

Ten-person gatherings will still be allowed in the province's yellow zones. In the orange zones, people will be able to get together in groups of six. 

The province hasn't announced any new measures to help contain the spread of the virus.

Starting today, however, inspectors and police will be more visible in malls and shops to make sure businesses are complying with public health measures during the busy holiday shopping season.

Those who do not comply face fines of up to $6,000, or could be closed altogether.

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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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