Quebec risks cancelling surgeries as COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise

James Marshall
October 10, 2020

Authorities moved most of the cities along the St. Lawrence River between Quebec City and Montreal to the highest COVID-19 alert level Thursday, as the government pleaded with people to stay home for Thanksgiving.

Three deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said today, while 14 earlier deaths are now believed to be linked to the novel coronavirus.

There were 1,364 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in Quebec to 81,014.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault repeated Dube's refrain.

A health-care worker hands out masks to people waiting in line in the pouring rain outside a walk-in COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

On Sept. 17, Horacio Arruda, Quebec's public health director, said the province would have new projections within two weeks.

Hoping to lighten the workload of school staff during the pandemic, Quebec is cutting the number of report cards students will receive this year. "If we continue in the same way, there's a risk that we won't be able to protect every Quebec who needs it".

Those areas are added to the list that already includes the Greater Montreal region, the provincial capital and Chaudière-Appalaches, which means overall more than 75 per cent of the population is living in a red zone. Congregations for worship or for funerals are limited to a maximum of 25 people. Mask-wearing will also become mandatory in high schools in those areas by the middle of next week.

"Limit yourself to your inner circle, that's it, that's very simple", Dube told a Quebec City news conference.

Also beginning Thursday, students in Grades 10 and 11 will attend school on alternate days to reduce class sizes.

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