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

Quebec Public Health is advising the government to impose a curfew, but no final decision has been made, according to Radio-Canada. François Legault was expected to provide an update today, but the premier needed more time to analyze different options. Here's what you need to know.

Premier's update originally scheduled for today, postponed until tomorrow

The province has registered at least 2,800 COVID-19 cases in a single day three times since last Wednesday. (Ivanoh Demers)
  • Quebec reported 2,508 new cases on Tuesday and 62 more deaths, 17 of which occurred in the past 24 hours.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 215,358 confirmed cases and 8,441 people have died. Here's a guide to the numbers
  • There are 1,317 people in hospital (an increase of 23), including 194 intensive care (an increase of six).
  • 2,529 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday, for a total of 32,763.
  • 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 Quebec government is considering imposing a curfew, as well as extending school closures in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to Radio-Canada.

The premier's first public COVID-19 update of the year was originally scheduled for today at 5 p.m, but has been postponed until Wednesday. 

A curfew would be a first in Quebec since the start of the pandemic. 

"That is an extremely restrictive measure," Benoit Barbeau, a virologist in the department of biological sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal, told CBC Montreal's Daybreak when asked about the idea of imposing a curfew.

Last month, the province put in place its strictest public health rules since last spring, including closures of schools and non-essential businesses during the holidays. 

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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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