COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Thursday
Premier scheduled to speak at 5 p.m., will be accompanied by education minister
- Quebec reported 1,207 new cases of COVID-19 and 34 more deaths on Thursday.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 128,440 confirmed cases and 6,744 people have died. Here's a guide to the numbers.
- There are 651 people in hospital (a decrease of one), including 101 in intensive care (an increase of one).
- Having trouble keeping track of what's now closed? Consult our list.
- 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.
Quebecers should know later today what gatherings will be allowed during the holiday season, and whether or not the winter break for schools will be extended.
Sources tell Radio-Canada Premier François Legault is considering the pros and cons of two sets of guidelines, before announcing his decision later today at a scheduled press conference.
The province could allow gatherings for a few days around Christmas, with a maximum of 10 people, with no limit on the number of households they can come from.
The government is also considering allowing those same gatherings for a few days around New Year's Day as well.
Under that scenario, the winter break for schools would be extended by a week in an effort to prevent to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The premier will speak at 5 p.m. He will be accompanied by Health Minister Christian Dubé, Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge.
You can watch it here or on CBC Montreal's Facebook page.
Top COVID-19 stories today
- Quebec opens the door to gatherings of up to 250 people in red zones.
- Don't plan your holiday menu just yet, Quebec's guidelines for holiday gatherings are coming soon.
- Most Canadians could be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of next year.
- Quebec premier mulls temporarily closing schools this winter to reduce spread of COVID-19.
- A second school lockdown may be workable for some parents, but it won't be for all.
- Quebec reveals its $1.5 billion plan to kickstart an economy struggling under COVID-19 restrictions.
- As winter approaches, Quebec has yet to produce plan for ventilation in classrooms.
- The death toll has again begun to rise, with more than 700 deaths since school began in late August.
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.