Quebec imposing province-wide COVID-19 curfew until February 8

Pablo Tucker
January 9, 2021

At a press conference announcing the measure Wednesday, the government blamed private gatherings for the recent rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases, without providing data.

"We are obliged to provide a type of shock treatment so that people reduce their visits", he said.

The curfew will run from 8 p.m. - 5 a.m. and will be enforced by police.

Beginning Saturday and until at least February 8, Quebecers will be under a curfew from 8 5 a.m., Legault said, adding that anyone caught breaking the rules is liable to a fine between $1,000 and $6,000.

Quebec reported 2,508 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 62 more deaths, including 17 that occurred in the previous 24 hours.

But the premier said that municipal libraries, which have been lending books at the doorway, will now be allowed to admit students who want to study, respecting distancing, masks and hand-washing requirements. Of the roughly 1,463 COVID-19 patients now in hospital, more than 360 were in intensive care.

"The biggest worry is, eventually, if we don't do anything, we'll get to the point where it's going to be the decision where we have two patients, one ventilator and someone has to decide", Sheppard said in an interview Wednesday. She said Quebec manufacturers lost $4 billion in sales when they were shut during the first wave of the pandemic and she expects a similar situation if manufacturers are forced to close again.

A paramedic stands next to an ambulance outside a hospital in Montreal. The "partial measures" now in place in Quebec, she said, have had "no effect on the increasing trend of cases".

Much of Quebec, including the province's largest cities, has been under partial lockdown since October, when bars, restaurant dining rooms, gyms and entertainment venues were closed.

High school student will not go back to in-person learning until January 18.

Legault said the government plans to issue them documents to justify their exemption from the curfew. Canada continues to see increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases as the country reported a total of 626,174 cases and 16,361 deaths as of Wednesday evening, according to CTV.

At present, 20 per cent of those infected by the virus are 65 and over and this 20 per cent accounts for 80 per cent patients in hospitals are over 65, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said today.

"Maybe it causes people in the western provinces where they're not being that hard-hit right now to rethink what things they're not doing as far as infection prevention control", said Kindrachuk, pointing to widely varying school mask mandates as an example.

Quebec has reported 215,358 cases of COVID-19 and 8,441 deaths linked to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of Tuesday, Canada had received almost 425,000 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines - but fewer than 150,000 Canadians had received shots by then.

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