COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend

On Sunday, Quebec reported 6,783 new cases since Dec. 24, 2,291 of which are from the last 24 hours. The province did not provide updated numbers on Dec. 25 or 26.

Province reported 6,783 new cases since Dec. 24, 110 deaths

Hospitalizations in the Montreal area have more than doubled in the past month. (Jean-Claude Taliana/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 6,783 new cases since Dec. 24 on Sunday. 2,291 of those are from the last 24 hours. The province did not provide updated numbers on Dec. 25 or 26.
  • Quebec reported 110 new deaths since Thursday, 12 of which occurred in the last 24 hours.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 192,655 confirmed cases and 8,023 people have died. Here's a guide to the numbers
  • There are 1,085 people in hospital (up 33) including 149 in intensive care (an increase of three).
  • 6,145 doses of the vaccine have been administered since Dec. 24 for a total of 17,316.
  • 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.

On Sunday morning, the Quebec government reported 6,783 new cases since the last update was given on Dec. 24.

Montreal police and Longueuil police have said they will not comment on the number of fines handed out for illegal gatherings before next Monday. 

However, Quebec City police confirmed this weekend that 11 fines of $1,543 were handed out following an illegal gathering at a non-essential business on the airport road. 

Police responded to the party following a tip from the public, and said that the business was facing a double infraction for operating when it was supposed to be closed. Police did not release the name of the business.

Quebec hospitals risk running out of beds by Jan. 12 due to an overflow of COVID-19 patients, according to a government research centre's projections. 

For the first time, the Institut national d'excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS) expects COVID-19 patients to push hospitals to capacity in the coming weeks.

Hospitalizations in the Montreal area have more than doubled in the past month. 

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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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