Quebec City, Lewis and Coutinho will close for 10 days starting Thursday to prevent the “rapid” rise of COVID-19 cases in these three cities, says Prime Minister Fran பிரான்ois Legold.
Schools will be closed by the end of Thursday. Gyms, theaters, hairdressers and other essential businesses will also be closed, he said Wednesday. Religious meetings will be limited to 25 people and there will be a curfew until at least April 12 from 8 to 5 p.m.
“The situation is so important that it is getting worse in all three cities,” Legalt said. “People should stay home if they don’t need to go to work.”
Over the Easter weekend, Legalt stressed the importance of staying home. Variations are spreading fast, he said.
“The alarm sounds,” he said. “We can’t make any exceptions.”
All three areas have not been hospitalized, but they are likely to occur soon, he said.
“We need to act quickly,” Legalt said. “Everywhere in Quebec, we have to be more careful.”
Legalt also announces that four areas are moving from orange to red, in line with the province’s color-coded warning system.
Outaouais, Chaudière-Appalaches, Lower Saint-Lawrence and Quebec City region will return to the red zones.
Legalt said now is the time to decompress and adjust as needed as more data is collected.
Cities see the spike in the cases
Quebec City, Lewis and Cattino have been orange zones for more than two weeks, with restaurants welcoming restaurants and gyms open. But the bars were closed, indoor meetings were still forbidden, and guests were only allowed in certain circumstances.
As restrictions were relaxed, cases rose. In the Quebec City area, a further 194 cases were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 990 cases.
“When we go through 50 to 200 cases a day, we are admitted to the hospital,” Legalt said.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube said 250 cases could be reported tomorrow and that was why the government could not wait any longer. Govt said other services would be delayed if hospitals were filled with patients.
Dr. Horacio Aruda, the provincial director of public health, said the differences were spreading rapidly and that this was possible because people were ignoring public health rules.
“We have to intervene,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Quebec City Director of Public Health Dr. Andre Tontikni expressed his concern over the increase in cases, saying the current measures were not enough. A Local gym Linked to nearly 70 cases of COVID-19.
“We need something very strong, but absolutely important is the support of the people,” he said Quebec A.M. This morning.
“It could be a situation, and in 10, 14 days it could be to the hospital and the intensive care unit.”
In the Ottawa-Katino region, the number of cases pending over the weekend topped 2,000 as the situation in Ontario worsened.
Legalt reduced public health restrictions on everything except the Montreal region On March 8th.
Since then, the curfew has been relaxed – from 8pm to 9:30 pm – in the Montreal area, gyms have been allowed to open, and some regulations have been relaxed in the metropolitan area.
The expert says the restrictions should be tightened
Dr Fatima Gucker, a pediatric epidemiologist in Montreal, said tightening controls in some of Quebec’s’ most vulnerable areas would send an important message to residents there – showing that they should avoid collecting indoors in close contact with others.
“One thing that needs to be clear is that we are not out of the woods and we have come back to dangerous territory,” Kucker said.
In Montreal, the restrictions are still relatively strict and the vaccination program is in full swing, he said. He suspects that a false sense of security is spreading among the people when spring begins to bloom, but he said people are forgetting that the epidemic is still real.
Gucker supports sending high school students to full-time school because children need that social interaction for their mental health, he said.
“As pediatricians, we weigh the risk of non-school infections, and the risk of not being in school has been so detrimental to many teenagers that I think it would be even more effective to try to keep children in school,” Cocker said.
However, select activities such as gyms and restaurants should be closed mainly because variants of the disease prove to be highly contagious and dangerous.
He said going to the gym, taking off your mask and jumping on a treadmill for 30 minutes may be allowed, but this creates a more risky situation when spreading a disease that is spread by respiratory droplets.