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

Today is your last chance to shop in most of the province's retail stores, as Quebec will soon be under its strictest restrictions since last spring. Here's what you need to know.

In most recent update, the province reported 46 new deaths

After today, Quebecers won't be able to go to most retail stores until Jan. 11 (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 2,349 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 more deaths on Thursday.
    Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 185,872 confirmed cases and 7,913 people have died. Here's a guide to the numbers
  • There are 1,052 people in hospital (a decrease of 15) including 146 in intensive care (an increase of four).
  • A total of 3,942 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered on Wednesday; 11,171 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.
  • 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.

Today is your last chance to shop at a retail store that does not sell essential goods, as the province is getting ready for its strictest lockdown since the spring.

Most retail businesses will be closed between Christmas Day and Jan. 11.

Many regions are under red-zone restrictions — including the Montreal and Quebec City areas that have been designated red since Oct. 1 — which means restaurant dining rooms, bars, gyms, museums and theatres are closed.

The province's goal is to slow the spread of the virus, a task that's become increasingly difficult in recent weeks.

In its latest update, the province reported 74 new deaths from COVID-19, and Quebec has recorded an average of more than 2,000 confirmed cases per day in the last week. 

Meanwhile, Quebec's vaccination campaign is gradually picking up, with 21 sites around the province this week. 

On Wednesday, Health Canada approved its second COVID-19 vaccine in two weeks, and 168,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are expected to arrive in the country by the end of the year.  

Top COVID-19 stories today

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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