The regions of Montreal, Montérégie, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Chaudière-Appalaches are now in yellow “pre-alert” mode, confirmed Prime Minister François Legault, who asks Quebeckers to limit meetings between relatives.
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The Montreal region is now in yellow “pre-alert” mode regarding COVID-19, according to the alert system established by Quebec, due to an increase in cases noted especially in private gatherings.
“It is really in these contexts that we currently have a large proportion of cases and this is where we have the most transmission. It is really when we arrive in private gatherings that we see that there is a relaxation and the transmission takes place in these events, ”hammered Tuesday at a press briefing Dr. Mylène Drouin, director of public health in Montreal.
These outbreaks in personal life then bring the virus to schools, workplaces and retirement homes, she explained.
Nearly a hundred cases have been reported in 24 hours in the Montreal region. Currently, 7 outbreaks have been identified in schools, 24 in workplaces and 3 in retirement homes. The 18-30 age group is still the most affected in terms of cases.
Montreal is not the only region to have gone from green to yellow on Tuesday. This is also the case for Montérégie, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Chaudière-Appalaches, confirmed Prime Minister François Legault. These four regions thus join those of Estrie, Outaouais and Laval.
Several regions are “very close” to reaching the orange zone where, among other things, bars would be closed and restaurants limited to “take-out”, Quebec said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
Christian Dubé, the Minister of Health, has also announced that it will no longer be possible to sell food in bars after midnight. In addition, wearing a mask will now be mandatory in common areas and corridors of private residences for the elderly, announces Quebec.
Authorities on Tuesday deplored five new deaths linked to COVID-19 and nearly 300 new confirmed cases of infection, a peak since June 1.
Dr. Drouin urged Montrealers to be more vigilant in meetings and to limit them. “What that means is that the two meters is crucial, the washing of hands must continue and obviously when we are in larger gatherings, so not at home and indoors, we wear the face covering” , she recalled.
Social distancing is also essential so that people in contact with a coronavirus case are not considered at risk and are not unnecessarily isolated.
“More and more cases are associated with a large number of contacts. When confined, investigative teams for one case had maybe ten contacts […] Now we have gone to 40, 50 and up to 80 to trace and isolate, ”said Dr. Drouin.
The latter reiterated the importance of collaborating with public health investigations in order to curb outbreaks.
The mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, also called on citizens to redouble their efforts to limit the spread of the virus on Twitter, Tuesday: “96 new cases in Montreal. An increase that can be seen day after day. It’s too much, ”she wrote.
– with the collaboration of Marc-André Gagnon and Vincent Larin