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Quebec reverses a controversial decision about Covid-19 updates

Quebec reverses a controversial decision about Covid-19 updates
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Remember when Quebec's ministry of health announced that they will no longer provide daily updates on the number of people who have contracted or died of COVID-19?

Of course, you do, because that update came just two days ago.

It seems Quebec has now reversed the decision and will resume daily COVID-19 reports as of next week.

New health minister, Christian Dubé broke the news Friday on Twitter saying that starting Monday, infection statistics will once again be published daily.

Horacio Arruda, Quebec's director of public health, confirmed the change of plans during a news conference in the Eastern Townships later that afternoon.

"People reacted, and they reacted more than I expected, and so no problem, we'll go back to reporting them daily," he said. "Given the situation, I don't have a problem taking a step back," Arruda said.

"Myself and my team, we discussed that as the rates are getting lower, we would publish once a week, but the reaction of the population, of the media, thinking that we want to hide information, I discussed with authorities and we all agree with (providing daily updates again)," he said. "I was thinking people didn't want to hear about COVID-19 anymore, but that was not the case."

The decision to stop providing the general public with daily updates was met with strong reactions from people across the province including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said he hoped Quebec would reconsider.

At least nobody can criticize the government for not listening to the people voicing their concerns.  


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