89% Of Quebecers Would Support A Total Ban On International Travel, A Survey Says

The vast majority of Quebecers agree with Canada's new tighter travel measures.
89% Of Quebecers Would Support A Total Ban On International Travel, A Survey Says

Ninety-one percent of Quebecers support Canada's new international travel restrictions, including suspending flights to sun destinations and mandatory hotel quarantines, according to survey results released by Montreal marketing firm Leger on February 1. 

While the current flight suspension is limited to destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean, 89% of Quebecers surveyed said they support a total ban on international travel until seeing a reduction in COVID-19 cases over several consecutive days.

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91% of Quebecers agreed with Canada's new stricter travel restrictions

In total, 87% of Canadians surveyed agreed with tighter restrictions on international travel.

The survey also revealed that 75% of Quebecers think the province's night-time curfew is working.

Asked if they would likely receive a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available for public use, 73% of Quebecers said they intended to get vaccinated.

However, 30% of Quebecers said they intend to wait until more COVID-19 vaccines become available, rather than taking the first vaccine available. 

Eighty percent of Quebecers surveyed agreed that, overall, vaccines are not dangerous and should be taken. 

Leger surveyed a representative panel of 1,559 Canadians between January 29 and January 31.  

1 In 4 Quebecers Are Okay With Throwing The Unvaccinated In Jail, A New Survey Suggests

More than half of Canadians wouldn't even care if they DIED because of COVID-19, the Maru Group survey found.

According to a new study conducted by Maru Public Opinion, 27% of Quebecers would approve of forcing the unvaccinated to "serve up to five days as part of a jail sentence for endangering others/overwhelming health care system," which is in line with the national average.

More than half of Quebecers (55%) surveyed wouldn't even feel bad for unvaccinated people who end up really sick — or dying — from COVID-19, also in line with the Canadian average. Currently, 12% of Quebecers surveyed admit to refusing the vaccine.

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Dubé Questioned The Conscience Of Montreal Restaurant Owners Opening Against The Rules

The health minister invoked Quebec's overburdened hospitals and the ongoing efforts of healthcare workers.

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At a press conference on Tuesday, Health Minister Christian Dubé offered his thoughts on a growing movement of Montreal restaurant owners who say they will reopen on January 30 no matter what the health regulations are. The health minister said he sympathizes with their frustrations, but said they might "lack conscience."

"We need to be careful to not give more reasons to encourage these individuals to not respect the rules," said Dubé.

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Health Canada Approved A Pfizer Pill To Treat COVID-19

In trials, the pill reduced deaths and hospitalizations by 89% versus a placebo.

Health Canada has officially approved Pfizer's COVID-19 antiviral treatment for use among adults 18 years and over. Considering that Quebec's hospitals are currently overwhelmed, the approval of the drug, called Paxlovid, might be the light at the end of the tunnel many have been looking for. (Although of course, we've heard that line before.)

Quebec's Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé remarked on the approval on Monday, calling it "very good news" for the province and its overwhelmed health care system. In a tweet, Dubé stated that "we can hope that this treatment will eventually allow us to limit our hospitalizations due to COVID-19."

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A Quebec Judge Blocked An Unvaccinated Father From Visiting His Kid

It's not in the child's best interest for the father to see him, the judge said.

Judge Sébastien Vaillancourt of the Quebec Superior Court has suspended a father's visitation rights due to the man being unvaccinated against COVID-19.

It's no secret that the Québec government has imposed a handful of restrictions on unvaccinated populations, including Premier Legault's most recent plans to significantly tax the unvaccinated. But it seems as if the personal decision to get vaccinated or not is creating major issues for one Montreal father.

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