Quebec Is Set To Announce The Most New COVID-19 Cases Since The Pandemic Began

And the spike might not stop there.

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Quebec Is Set To Announce The Most New COVID-19 Cases Since The Pandemic Began

Quebec is set to announce around 3,700 new COVID-19 cases on Friday — the highest since the beginning of the pandemic. Premier François Legault shared the grim projection in a Thursday press conference.

He said Quebec was seeing an "explosion" of infections. The last record number of new COVID-19 cases was 2,880 on January 6, 2021. On December 16, the province reported 2,736 new cases.

And the spike might not stop there.

"Experts think the number of cases is going to continue to increase," Legault said Thursday. And the number of hospitalizations in the province could rise with it.

The premier echoed earlier statements from Montreal Regional Public Health Director Dr. Mylène Drouin and CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l'île-de-Montréal Director Sonia Bélanger, who earlier in the week forecast an increase in new cases in the metropolis and warned Montrealers to be extra vigilant.

"The current situation in Montreal is not really what we were planning or expecting two weeks before Christmas," Drouin said. "I think it commands us to be more agile and resilient facing the Omicron situation."

Officials suggested the emergence of the Omicron variant, which Health Minister Christian Dubé said is more transmissible than other variants, is to blame for skyrocketing case numbers.

To combat its spread, the provincial government has reduced capacity limits for restaurants, stores and other venues, put a ban on dancing and karaoke, and reversed an earlier decision to loosen limits on private gatherings.

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The 600,000 unvaccinated people will receive a call from the government.

Premier François Legault recently announced that unvaccinated Quebecers are going to be charged a "significant" fee if they refuse to get at least their first dose in the next few weeks unless they have a medical reason not to.

On Sunday, January 16, Legault appeared on the Quebec TV show on Tout le monde en parle to discuss the new "health contribution" that non-vaccinated adults will be required to pay.

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The Latest Quebec Curfew Is Officially Over

But there's too much snow to go anywhere...

Rejoice! We can officially go on nightly walks again (if you can handle the cold) because Quebec's curfew was lifted as of Monday, January 17. That means no rushing to get home on time while risking fines.

During a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault said, "The reason we did this was to stop the exponential growth of the number of infections and then the number of hospitalizations. So given that we seem to have reached a peak, that permits us to remove the curfew."

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Quebec Bill 21 Won't Apply To Parents Who Volunteer In Schools & Wear Religious Symbols

Parents who supervise classes due to COVID-related staff shortages can wear hijabs, kippahs, crosses and turbans.

As a contingency plan to deal with a high number of staff shortages expected at schools in the coming weeks, Quebec's Ministry of Education has said parent volunteers might be asked to supervise classes if too many teachers get sick with COVID-19 and need to isolate. But, unlike teachers who are subject to Bill 21, volunteer parents can wear religious symbols in the classroom.

Quebec's controversial Bill 21, also known as Quebec's secularism law, prohibits public service workers — from police officers to teachers — from wearing hijabs, kippahs, crosses, turbans and other forms of religious symbols while at work. In fact, an elementary school teacher in Chelsea was removed from her position last month for wearing a hijab.

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On December 30, 2021, François Legault announced a handful of restrictions across Quebec, which included the closure of indoor dining and places of worship, and the postponement of a return to in-person learning at schools in the new year. In a January 13 Facebook post, Legault confirmed elementary and high school students would be returning to class as of Monday, January 17. But what about university students?

Montreal CEGEPs and universities also reverted to remote learning, however, things are looking a little different for students returning to in-person classes at post-secondary institutions. Premier Legault stated in a January 12 post that while universities could reopen their doors as of the 17th, they are being given extra leeway to determine the exact date in which in-person classes could resume.

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