COVID cases in Quebec jump to over 1000

Henrietta Strickland
March 26, 2020

"Even in today's data, one might presume that the results also come from the increase in the number of tests, so we hope that in the coming days, the jumps will not be as significant", Legault said, noting the time between testing and results is down to about two days.

Quebec has 1,339 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday afternoon.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec jumped by 409 since Sunday, with 45 people hospitalized - 20 of them in intensive care.

"We have to remember, all this is temporary".

The illness is also present in at least three seniors residences in the regions of Montreal, the Eastern Townships and Lanaudière.

He said Quebec has tested more than any province with the exception of B.C. and Alberta, and has focused on groups with the highest probability of getting the virus.

He called on Quebecers to stay home and avoid all travel, including within the province. He described Quebecers as an army.

The company said that it would continue to run its warehouses, distribution centres, and stores with street access during this time.

Almost half of cases are in people 50 years old and older, 27 per cent of which are people 60 and older.

"We will be proud to have won it, and I am convinced that we will win it."
Another reason for the surge, according to Quebec Premier François Legault, is that the province's spring break takes place at an earlier date compared to other provinces.

The Canadian government announced on Wednesday that it will be enforcing the Quarantine Act and that Canadians returning from overseas are mandated to self-isolate for 14 days.

"At this step, we want to inform the population. We are not in the step where we have to start giving fines but we have the power to do so", he said.

"Some people need to have alcohol", Legault said.

The province is urging landlords to be flexible if their tenants can not pay April's rent on time.

The full list of businesses and services that are allowed to remain open was published late Monday.

Tuesday's announcement came just hours ahead of a government-mandated shutdown of all non-essential businesses and services, which must close for three weeks as of midnight Tuesday.

Under the plan, restaurants can still provide takeout and delivery, but their dining rooms must be closed.

The number of cases in the province rose to 1,339 on Wednesday, up 326 from the day before.

In the past week, the provincial government has instituted several measures to more strictly enforce social distancing and limit the virus' spread.

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