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

Travellers will soon be allowed in the country and Quebec wants to test safety measures at a large concert in September, but one expert says, with the delta variant circulating, it's not the time. Here's what you need to know.

Infectious diseases specialist says too soon to plan test concert with 20,000 people

Tourists will soon be able to return to the province and Quebec wants to test run a large concert, but one expert says it's too soon. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 103 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and no new deaths in the last 24 hours. It's the first time the province has recorded more than 100 cases in a single day since July 7.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 376,519 confirmed cases and 11,235 people have died. An update of reported cases has affected this tally. You can find more information here.
  • There are 72 people in hospital (a decrease of five) including 21 in intensive care (no change from the previous day). 
  • 99,327 doses of vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours, plus an additional 1,492 doses administered before July 20, for a total of 10,268,575 doses administered in Quebec.
  • 83 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) have received one dose of vaccine, and 57 per cent have received two doses.

COVID-19 data is no longer updated by Quebec's Health Ministry on weekends or on public holidays.

An infectious disease specialist says the province's plan to hold test concerts this fall is imprudent.

The province wants to organize two large events, one indoors, and one outdoors, in order to develop COVID-19 protocols for music festivals.

According to documents obtained by Radio-Canada, the outdoor event is set to be held on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City on Sept. 25.

The government is looking for about 20,000 volunteer audience members.

But Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Cécile Tremblay says the threat of the delta COVID-19 variant makes holding large test concerts too risky.

"We want to test students returning to school, workers returning to offices in this new environment of a majority — we hope — of vaccinated people, and in a new environment of variants circulating," Tremblay said. 

"I wouldn't have planned this [so soon]."

Caroline Proulx, Quebec's tourism minister, has said the events would be cancelled if there was a surge in cases.

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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, vomiting).
  • Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Loss of appetite.

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.  

To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here


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