With Quebec officially experiencing its second wave of COVID-19 and Montreal now under "orange alert," Mayor Valérie Plante and other officials held a press conference on September 21 to let Montrealers know how the City is planning to handle this.

Dr. Drouin brought to light the fact that half of Montreal's novel coronavirus cases are among the younger population.

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50% of our cases are in the 18-34 age group. 

Dr. Mylène Drouin

In a Facebook post, Plante wrote "We must limit our contacts, especially in private homes. If you are planning to have dinner with friends in the next few days, limit yourself to 6 people or 2 families."

The number of people permitted for private parties was lowered from 10 to six people for regions that are in the orange level.

According to the most recent update from September 21, Montreal now has 31,528 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Currently, the most affected areas include Parc-Extension, Mont-Royal, Outremont, Côte-Saint-Luc, Montréal-Nord, Saint-Michel, Saint-Léonard, and downtown.

The City plans to increase testing in these areas, but Dr. Drouin asks people to only get tested if they're showing symptoms.

Centre-Sud CIUSSS president Sonia Belanger said the healthcare system is more prepared this time around. "Keep going to your appointments. The hospitals are ready. Measures are in place to make sure healthcare settings are safe for users."  

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