COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Tuesday
Premier's update originally scheduled for today, postponed until tomorrow
- 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.
Top COVID-19 stories today
- Quebec opts to delay the second dose of vaccine in order to immunize health-care workers faster.
- Parents worry as Quebec seems poised to extend school closures past Jan. 11
- More than 300 experts ask provinces to update health guidelines on COVID-19 airborne transmission
- Montreal region's COVID-19 wards could overflow within 3 weeks, provincial predictions suggest
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.