Quebec's Daily COVID-19 Case Count Just Beat Another Record — For The 3rd Time In 4 Days

Not the kind of record we're excited about breaking...

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Quebec's Daily COVID-19 Case Count Just Beat Another Record — For The 3rd Time In 4 Days

It seems as though the COVID-19 rollercoaster in Quebec isn't slowing down anytime soon. Quebec COVID-19 cases saw two daily records break recently — 3,768 new cases on December 16 and then 3,846 new cases on December 18.

And now, another highest-ever daily case count was reported today. The data for December 19 shows 4,571 new cases, which is 725 more cases than yesterday's record-breaking numbers.

This new data brings the total number of cases to 490,294 since the start of the pandemic.

In the last 24 hours, the province saw a rise of 21 people hospitalized, bringing the total to 397 hospitalizations with 82 people in intensive care.

This soar in daily case increases in Quebec has resulted in new measures being put in place in the province as of Monday, December 20. These new measures (that we've seen previously during the pandemic) include reducing capacity to 50% in restaurants, bars, stores, theatres and venues.

And it doesn't stop there. Say bye-bye to any big holiday parties you were planning, as the Quebec government went back on its initial announcement of allowing 20 people gatherings for the holidays. Because of the presence of the Omicron variant, only a maximum of 10 people or occupants from three households are allowed to attend an indoor private gathering.

And activities deemed high-risk like dancing, karaoke and office parties are yet again going to be a no-go in the province.

But in more pleasant news of changes happening as of Monday, Quebecers can now get free rapid COVID-19 tests in various pharmacies around the province — while supplies last — and provided their websites stop crashing.

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Legault Elaborated On The Quebec Tax For The Unvaccinated

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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