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

Quebec's premier says a recent reduction in the number of daily cases is encouraging, and shows that public health measures, including the overnight curfew, are working. However, he insists it's too early for Quebecers to let up in their efforts. Here's what you need to know.

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People line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 1,502 new cases on Wednesday and 66 more deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 247,236 confirmed cases and 9,208 people have died.
  • There are 1,467 people in hospital (a decrease of 33), including 216 in intensive care (an increase of four).
  • 10,207 doses of vaccine were administered on Tuesday. A total of 174,260 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.

The number of daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec has gone down in recent days, and the premier says public health measures, including the overnight curfew, are starting to pay off.

The four-week curfew came into effect 11 days ago.

"By avoiding visiting, among others, people that are 65 in homes, it's reduced the number of cases," Premier François Legault said during Tuesday's news conference, while highlighting that the number of people in hospital due to the virus remains high. "It's encouraging but we cannot stop our efforts."

The province reported 1,502 cases in its latest daily update.

Wanting to keep cases trending downwards, Legault is putting pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately ban all non-essential travel, adding "we can talk about what non-essential means."

The province's Health Ministry has announced changes to its vaccination campaign, including a reduction in the number of doses to be administered by Feb. 8. 

Meanwhile, the pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and experts say it's important to remember that there is a lot right now that is beyond our control. 

If you have been feeling isolated, we've compiled some ways to help cope as part of a special CBC Quebec project called Out of the Dark: Real Talk on Mental Health.

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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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