Quebec Premier François Legault, Well being Minister Christian Dubé and nationwide director of public well being Dr. Horacio Arruda supplied a COVID-19 replace on Thursday as instances of the Omricron variant proceed to develop exponentially.
Legault introduced that the province is re-imposing its nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to five a.m. starting Friday night time to curb the unfold of the Omicron variant as COVID-19 instances surge. Different restrictions being imposed embrace the closure of all eating places aside from supply and take-out, a ban on personal gatherings in properties aside from care givers and individuals who reside alone.
As well as, all indoor sports activities shall be prohibited and all locations of worship shall be closed aside from funerals, which shall be restricted to 25 folks. Faculties can even stay closed till Jan. 17 and daycare will stay open for less than important employees. To assist fight shops with staffing points, all shops shall be closed for the following three Sundays.
The province reported a record-breaking 14,188 infections on Thursday and a rise of 135 pandemic-related hospitalizations for a complete of 939 sufferers, together with 138 in intensive care.
Earlier within the day, Quebec’s institute for excellence in well being and social providers, (INESSS) launched its modelling predictions which present an already dire state of affairs getting even worse.
Officers introduced earlier within the week that vaccinated Quebec health-care employees who take a look at constructive for COVID-19 might be allowed again on the job after seven days in the event that they don’t have any signs.
Thursday’s caseload is the very best of any province for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
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