Legault Says More COVID-19 Waves Are Possible In Quebec As Long As There's No Vaccine

He suggested that the course of the pandemic depends on the actions of young people.
Senior Editor
Legault Says More COVID-19 Waves Are Possible In Quebec As Long As There's No Vaccine

At a press conference Tuesday, Premier François Legault said there's a possibility of more COVID-19 waves in Quebec so long as there's no vaccine.

He also suggested that the province would keep opening and closing again if there are spikes in cases.

The premier argued that the course of the pandemic and the government's response depends on young people.

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"We could have a nice summer because in the spring efforts were made by young people to reduce contacts."

The premier said it's possible we could find ourselves again in the position we're in now, with cases rising and significant community transmission.

"As long as we don't have a vaccine, there's a possibility for two waves, three waves, four waves."

"The only thing we can do," he said, "is to say, 'ok, we're opening a bit and if the number of cases rises too quickly, we'll close a bit.'"

But he admitted the government is limited in its ability to control transmission without public collaboration, especially that of young people. He called on them to follow the rules for the sake of all Quebecers.

"Now you have a new challenge: 28 days with minimal contacts. I know you can do it. I'm counting on you all."

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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