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

The Quebec government is helping out businesses forced to close for the month, and there were 933 cases today. Here's what you need to know.

Some businesses must now close and no gatherings at home in red zones

Quebec Economy and Innovation Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon, right, outlined new funding for businesses on Thursday. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 933 new cases of COVID-19. There were also two deaths in the past 24 hours, as well as 14 previously unreported that occurred earlier. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 75 221 confirmed cases and 5,850 people have died. 
  • There are 275 people in hospital (an increase of 13), including 45 in intensive care (an increase of two).
  • CBC Montreal is looking for health professionals who can help us cover issues surrounding the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec. For more information, click here.

The Quebec government is making $100 million in financial aid available for the estimated 12,000 businesses that will have to shut down at least partially this month because of new lockdown measures.

Beginning today, bars, restaurant dining rooms and reception halls in the province's so-called red zones — which include Montreal and Quebec City — must close for the next 28 days.

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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. 

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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