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Sport Faced with the rise in Covid-19 cases, Montreal and Quebec are going on "red alert"

05:27  29 september  2020
05:27  29 september  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Quebec ’s two largest cities will be put under the highest COVID - 19 alert level as of Thursday, with "It is quite clear we are going to see this wave of hospitalizations increase and likely accelerate," he said. " The rise in new cases is not simply because of an increase in the number of tests," said Dr

As COVID - 19 spreads through the community largely through private parties, Montreal 's director of public health is recommending that people not gather with Montreal is currently at the orange level of the province's alert system, which means tighter restrictions on gatherings and bars must stop serving

Des touristes sur la place Jacques-Cartier à Montréal le 28 juillet 2020. © Eric Thomas, AFP Tourists on Jacques-Cartier Square in Montreal on July 28, 2020.

While Quebec is entered the "second wave" of the coronavirus pandemic, bars, restaurants, cinemas, museums and libraries will be closed from October 1 to 28 in three regions of this French-speaking province of Canada.

The Premier of Quebec announced Monday, September 28 new restrictions for the regions of Montreal and Quebec which go to the highest level of alert for 28 days, while cases of coronavirus have risen sharply in this province.

Quebecers are called upon not to receive guests at their homes. Bars, restaurants, cinemas, museums and libraries in particular will be closed from October 1 to 28 in three regions, including the metropolis Montreal and the capital Quebec, which have passed the red alert threshold. Schools and shops, hairdressing salons and hotels will however remain open.

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As cases of COVID - 19 spike across Canada the prospects of renewed restrictions and lockdowns are looking likely in some provinces, with Quebec Based on how quickly Ontario's infection rate has been rising in recent weeks, the model projects the province is on track to exceed 1,000 new cases per

Quebec has 26,594 confirmed cases of COVID - 19 and 1,761 people have died. Quebec continued Wednesday to announce plans to ease confinement measures over the coming weeks, even though another 79 people in the province have died of COVID - 19 , and public health officials in Montreal are

"The figures are clear: we must take our responsibilities, we must make difficult decisions", warned Prime Minister François Legault at a press conference, announcing, "with a heavy heart", the closure of several sectors of the economy during the month of October. The government is working on "a formula to help financially" the owners of these businesses, he promised.

"Critical" situation

Quebec, which has more than eight million inhabitants, announced Monday 750 new cases in one day. The province hardest hit by the epidemic, especially in its retirement homes during the first wave, has entered "into the second wave", warned last week, the national director of public health.

The number of new patients, around the hundred at the end of August, has continued to climb since then to approach a thousand last weekend, but the number of deaths remained stable (between zero and six per day).

"What we are seeing for the moment is a significant increase in cases and we can think that in several weeks, that will mean significant increases in hospitalizations and deaths," explained François Legault, adding that the situation was "critical".

Quebec "strongly recommends" to avoid travel between regions. Neighboring province and second most affected by the pandemic, Ontario has recorded more than 700 new cases, a record since the start of the pandemic which has led authorities to also speak of "second wave". In total, Canada reported on Monday more than 155,000 cases and 9,318 deaths.

With AFP

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