Canada Quebec COVID-19 cases surpass 55K, province set to announce final phase of deconfinement
Coronavirus: Quebec to allow gyms, public beaches to reopen on June 22
Quebec is the province hit hardest by the health crisis, but the number of new cases of COVID-19 is starting to drop.Isabelle Charest, the province's junior education minister, unveiled the next phase of the government's recovery plan on Wednesday. This includes reopening public beaches as well as indoor arenas.
Quebec's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, is scheduled to announce the last phase of deconfinement Thursday afternoon as the total number ofcases soared to 55,079.
That is an additional 142 new cases in the last 24 hours and more than double the 53 new cases reported on Wednesday.
Thursday also marks the final day health officials will provide daily data on the pandemic. Instead, weekly updates will be provided every Thursday starting on July 2.
Coronavirus: Is Quebec reopening too fast?
An infectious disease specialist weighs in on if Quebec is reopening too fast after the COVID-19 crisis.As the province continues to deconfine and more businesses get the green light to reopen, it begs the question if Quebec is moving too fast.
A Health Department spokesperson said the province is switching to weekly updates, to be issued every Thursday, because the epidemiological situation is stabilizing.
Quebec reported seven new deaths linked to the virus, six in the last 24 hours and one that took place before June 17, bringing the total number of fatalities to 5,448.
The amount of stress on the health-care network continues to ease. As of Thursday, 487 people were in hospital —13 fewer than the previous day. Of those, 50 are in the intensive care unit.
Quebec mandates masks on public transit ahead of possible second COVID-19 wave .
MONTREAL — Face masks will soon be mandatory on public transit in Quebec, the province announced Tuesday as it prepares for a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. Premier Francois Legault told a news conference the measure will come into effect on July 13. Legault said as of July 27 — after a two-week probationary period — people not wearing a mask will be denied access to public transit, as of July 27. The measure will apply to everyone aged 12 and older. For children between two and 12-years-old, masks are strongly recommended but children under two shouldn't wear one.