COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Thursday
Quebec will have a provincewide day of mourning for victims of COVID-19 on March 11
- Quebec reported 1,368 new cases on Thursday and 39 more deaths. Two previously reported deaths are no longer attributed to COVID-19.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 258,698 confirmed cases and 9,667 people have died.
- There are 1,264 people in hospital (a decrease of 26), including 212 in intensive care (a decrease of nine).
- 3,767 doses of vaccine were administered Wednesday. A total of 232,986 doses have been administered since Dec. 14, accounting for 2.73 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
Premier François Legault has announced that there will be a provincewide day of mourning on March 11 for the victims of the pandemic.
Legault said Thursday it is important for Quebecers to remember that, behind the numbers, there are people who have left family and friends in mourning.
He also said that while Quebec's numbers are encouraging — for the first time since early January, there are fewer than 1,300 COVID-19 patients in Quebec hospitals — it is likely that most of the public health restrictions in place will remain past Feb. 8.
He asked Quebecers to cancel any March break plans that would see them leaving their homes. Legault has said repeatedly that he doesn't want to see a replay of last spring, when Quebec's early spring break helped fuel the pandemic here.
The Institut de la statistique du Québec said in a report that 74,550 people died last year in the province, which is 6,750 (about 10 per cent) more than in 2019.
The institute said the rise in the number of deaths is most pronounced between the end of March and the beginning of June, during the height of the first wave of COVID-19.
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- Quebec could loosen restrictions in some regions next month.
- The province's major media outlets issue a unanimous call for more access to health installations.
- Montreal public health director apologizes over rule confusion after police raid synagogues.
- A Montreal Heart Institute study suggests a widely available anti-inflammatory drug is an effective COVID-19 treatment.
- Quebec allows places of worships to reopen, with strict gathering limits.
- City of Montreal converts arena, skate park into shelters and warming centre for the homeless.
- CBC's interactive coronavirus tracker with cases, hospitalizations and vaccinations across Canada.
- Here's a list of acceptable reasons for being out after curfew in Quebec.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- 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.