As per usual, the Government of Quebec held a conference at 1 p.m. to provide the province with an update about the current pandemic. On Tuesday, May 12, Premier François Legault announced that Quebec now has 39,225 COVID-19 cases in total. The previous day, there were 38,469 confirmed infections.

In the past 24 hours, there have been 118 new deaths related to the virus. This brings the province's total to 3,131 deaths since the beginning of the crisis. 

Legault said that his thoughts are with the families of these victims.

In a Facebook post published just before the press conference began, Legault wrote "the virus will not leave Quebec for quite some time. We will have to get used to it and learn to live with it, like everywhere else in the world." He mentioned a similar idea during his briefing.

So, the idea of needing to adapt to a "new normal" seems to be necessary now, which the Premier says should involve us wearing protective face masks whenever we're in public.

He even wore one at today's press conference.

"If we take all the precautions, starting by keeping our distance, we will be able to return to a more normal life."

Legault shared a live video of the government's public briefing on May 12, which you can watch below.

During his first words in the conference, the Premier said we're going to "have to learn to live with the virus" and that we should not expect a vaccine in the next few months.

It is for this reason that Legault is now asking all of us to get in the habit of wearing protective masks in public.

Mayor Valérie Plante has asked the same of all Montrealers.

Legault said that "if everyone does it, we’d find ourselves in an ideal situation."

François Legault reminded everyone that wearing such a mask is a way of protecting others, not just yourself.

Currently, there remain 1,841 people hospitalized in Quebec due to the virus. Of these individuals, 186 are in intensive care.

256,518 people have tested negative for COVID-19 in the province since the pandemic began.

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