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48% of Canadians say they visited their friends & family over the holidays

48% of Canadians say they visited their friends & family over the holidays
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According to the latest weekly survey by Leger Marketing, 48% of Canadians said they visited family/friends who live outside their home over the holiday period. 12% said they did so occasionally (2-3 times), and 2% said they visited others more than three times. 52% said that they did not visit friends and family over the holidays.

Meanwhile, 62% of Canadians are not confident that we will be able to limit the spread of COVID-19 over the next few weeks.

According to Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, the survey was conducted online and polled 1,506 participants. 

It’s unlikely, we would get the exact same result if they interviewed 1,506 other Canadians, but chances are, the percentage of those visiting family and friends would still be high.

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The news comes as Quebec registered more than 2,500 new cases of COVID-19 for the third day in a row.

Quebec public health officials reported a total of 2,508 new cases in the last 24 hours, and added 62 deaths to the total, including 17 over the past 24 hours.

Montreal Island was hit the hardest with 790 of today’s cases and 12 of the deaths.

“The situation is critical in our hospitals and the number of hospitalizations has not stopped growing,” Health Minister Christian Dubé said via Twitter.

The number of hospitalizations across the province now stands at 1,317, with 194 patients in the ICU.

Since the start of the pandemic, Quebec has reported 215,358 cases and 8,441 deaths linked to COVID-19.

As of this morning, 2,529 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered for a total of 32,763.

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