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

Quebec's premier is considering lifting some restrictions in some regions Feb. 8 (though not Montreal), and the government won't fight a court ruling on the curfew. Here's what you need to know.

Superior Court judge suspends application of curfew for homeless population

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the province's curfew does not apply to people experiencing homelessness. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 1,328 new cases on Wednesday and 53 more deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 257,330 confirmed cases and 9,630 people have died.
  • There are 1,290 people in hospital (a decrease of 34), including 221 in intensive care (an increase of four).
  • 4,340 doses of vaccine were administered Tuesday. A total of 229,219 doses have been administered since Dec. 14, accounting for 2.68 per cent of the population.
  • Did you lose a loved one to COVID-19 in the past year? Send us a note if you'd like to share their story

With the number of new, daily cases continuing to drop, the premier is mulling which restrictions to lift, and in which regions, but a Superior Court judge has taken at least one decision out of François Legault's hands.

The judge ruled that the province's curfew does not apply to people experiencing homelessness. It issued a safeguard order that suspends the overnight curfew for the homeless population until Feb. 5.

In her ruling, the judge said the measure has had a discriminatory and disproportionate effect on people who have no place to go at night. The province said Wednesday it has decided not to challenge the ruling. 

Meanwhile, the Quebec government could lift some restrictions in the coming weeks, but the premier has made it clear he is unlikely to loosen the rules in the Montreal area — by far the hardest hit region of the province.

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 you 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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