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

The COVID-19 death toll in Quebec reached 10,031 Sunday, which accounts for about half of the total number of deaths in Canada.

Quebec has reached a grim milestone — more than 10,000 people have died due to COVID-19

Montreal was digging out from under yet another winter storm on Friday. (Jean-Claude Taliana/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 1,081 new cases on Sunday and 32 more deaths. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 270,058 confirmed cases and 10,031 people have died.
  • There are 963 people in hospital (a decrease of 19), including 158 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
  • 2,033 doses of vaccine were administered Saturday. A total of 256,550 doses have been administered since Dec. 14, accounting for three per cent of the population.

Quebec has reached a grim milestone — more than 10,000 people have died due to COVID-19.

The death toll reached 10,031 Sunday, which accounts for about half of the total number of deaths in Canada.

In a tweet, Health Minister Christian Dubé didn't mention the milestone. He said while numbers in the last two weeks have been encouraging, there are still too many deaths.

On Friday, COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since Dec. 25 , and provincial data for soon-to-be orange zones has shown consistently low numbers over the past week, ahead of a gradual reopening that will start across the province Monday.

None of the six orange regions — the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands, the Lower Saint Lawrence, Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean, Abitibi, the North Shore, and Northern Quebec — have surpassed five new cases a day all week.

In red zones, businesses, museums and hair salons will be allowed to open, but the curfew will remain in place. In orange zones, restaurants and theatres have been given the go-ahead, but with some restrictions still in place, and the curfew is being pushed back to 9:30 p.m. 

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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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