Montreal Health Officials Have Confirmed Community Spread Of Coronavirus In The City
Montreal accounts for 603 of Quebec's total of 1,339 cases.
- Public health officials have confirmed community transmission of the .
- According to the CDC, community spread "means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected."
The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Quebec. At a press conference Wednesday, Premier François Legault confirmed 1,339 cases in the province — more than double Monday's number. Community spread of the complicate efforts to contain it., confirmed by public health officials on Tuesday, could
"The number of reported cases" in the city "is growing rapidly," a statement from the Direction régionale de la santé publique reads.
"Several family clusters and chains of transmission have been documented. In several cases, the investigation was unable to identify a source of exposure."
"Therefore, there is a community transmission of SARS-CoV-2," the virus that causes COVID-19, in Montreal.
Community spread, defined by the American Center for Disease Control (CDC), "means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected."
As of March 25, the Montreal region (the area encompassing the metropolis and on-island suburbs) accounts for 603 of Quebec's COVID-19 cases.
In the past week, the provincial government has instituted several measures to more strictly enforce social distancing and limit the virus' spread.
Allin the province are now closed and public gatherings are banned.
Reports further indicate that the Montreal police (SPVM) have the power toto people who do not respect these regulations.
"The SPVM is counting on the good faith of Montrealers to follow all government directives, including those concerning social distancing," a spokesperson told MTL Blog.
The Government of Quebec has also released afor individuals to help them protect themselves from the virus, including some hand-washing tips.
Legaultefforts to combat the novel coronavirus perhaps "the biggest battle of our lives."