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

Quebecers are remembering the more than 10,000 people who have since died from the disease over the past year.

A year after start of pandemic, province holds memorial

Brigitte Guérard, 10, took part in Thursday's memorial in Montreal. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 738 new cases on Thursday and 15 more deaths. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 295,390 confirmed cases and 10,518 people have died.
  • There are 563 people in hospital (a decrease of 18), including 111 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
  • 18,659 doses of vaccine were administered on Wednesday. A total of 619,060 people have been vaccinated since Dec. 14. 

Premier François Legault wants Quebecers to remember those who died of COVID-19, people who, he said, were taken too soon.

Legault gave a speech at a ceremony outside Quebec's National Assembly building Thursday afternoon, meant to mark one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

"We lost grandpas and grandmas, dads, moms, brothers, sister, friends," the premier said, of a virus that hit the elderly particularly hard.

He also highlighted essential workers, such as people who worked in grocery stores, and commended health-care workers for their courage in treating patients infected with the disease.

"They were truly heroes and they continued for a year and they continue now," he said, adding that they are entitled to recognition for what they did.    

If you have been feeling isolated, we've compiled some ways to help cope as part of a special CBC Quebec project called Out of the Dark: Real Talk on Mental Health.

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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.  

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

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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