Things don’t seem to be getting better...
Earlier today, Quebec health officials reported 1,177 new COVID-19 cases in the province, bringing the total to 143,548 since the start of the pandemic. Of them, 12,264 are active.
In addition, health authorities also reported 28 more deaths related to the virus, bringing that total of fatalities to 7.084.
Of the newly added deaths, three occurred over the past day, and the rest prior to November 29.
Not only is this the 14th consecutive day of cases reaching 1,100 or higher but the number of hospitalizations continues to increase. As of this morning, there are now 719 people hospitalized due to COVID-19— the highest since mid-June.
Now, less than two weeks after the Quebec government announced it would allow Christmas gatherings, Premier François Legault warned that if the situation continues to deteriorate, Quebec will have to reverse its decision and cancel plans to allow gatherings around the holidays.
“Currently, we are not going in the right direction,” Legault said. “If the number of hospitalizations continues to rise, it will not be possible to have two gatherings” between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27.
“I want to tell the truth to Quebecers,” Legault told reporters at an afternoon press conference in Quebec City.
Legault says his government will take 10 days to make the final decision so we should have an answer by December 11.