COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Friday
'Freedom of movement is really a fundamental democratic right,' says bioethicist
- Quebec reported 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and no deaths in the past 24 hours. One new death reported occurred before July 2.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 375,716 confirmed cases and 11,230 people have died.
- There are 96 people in hospital (a decrease of five), including 22 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
- 120,210 doses of vaccine were administered in the province over the last 24 hours, for a total of 9,201,618.
- 82 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) have received one dose of vaccine, and 42 per cent have received two doses.
COVID-19 data is no longer updated by Quebec's Health Ministry on weekends or on public holidays.
The province's plan to start using vaccine passports in the event of a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases is raising privacy and discrimination concerns.
On Thursday, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that people who are not fully vaccinated may see themselves shut out of gyms, team sports and theatres, for example.
No one would be excluded from receiving essential services, however.
Such a system could be put in place after Sept 1, as Dubé said the Quebec government wants to give people more time to get their shots.
For nearly two months, the province has been providing Quebecers with digital proof of vaccination, known as QR or quick response codes.
Kerry Bowman, a bioethicist at the University of Toronto, says vaccine passports raise ethical concerns as they "absolutely come with an element of surveillance to them."
Earlier this week, Dubé announced that 95 per cent of recent COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations affected people who were not fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received two doses and at least two weeks have gone by since your last shot.
Surgeries press forward
Surgical activities in Quebec returned to 100 per cent at the end of June for the first time since the start of the pandemic — months ahead of the government's October goal.
The first wave of COVID-19 caused a dramatic drop in surgeries starting in the spring 2020, as hospitals redirected resources toward treating coronavirus patients.
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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, vomiting).
- Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
- Generalized muscle pain.
- 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 quebec.ca/covidvaccine. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.