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COVID-19 in Quebec: what you need to know Thursday

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  • Quebec declared 672 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and one new death.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 431,612 confirmed cases and 11,529 people have died.
  • There are 220 people hospitalized (an increase), including 45 in intensive care (no change).
  • The province administered 13,350,764 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 10,487 in the last 24 hours.
  • 91 percent of the province’s eligible population (12 years and older) received one dose of the vaccine and 87 percent received two.

Note: The Quebec Ministry of Health does not publish the number of vaccines administered on weekends and holidays.


Remembrance Day ceremonies in Montreal will once again be reduced this year due to concerns over COVID-19.

The City of Montreal ceremony will begin shortly before 11 a.m. at Place du Canada, but the area will be closed to the public to avoid a large gathering.

The event will be broadcast live by CBC Montreal on our website and on our Facebook page.

This is the second Remembrance Day in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, small social-distancing ceremonies were held instead of large events, amid concerns about the coronavirus and its effects on older veterans.

Buskers will be allowed to re-enter the Montreal metro

Music will soon be back in some stations of the Montreal transportation network.

The Montreal Transit Company (STM) indicated that as of November 29, musicians and performers will again be authorized to perform in certain metro stations, but only under certain conditions.

Wearing a mask will be compulsory, except for those who play a wind instrument. Singing will still be prohibited. Artists will also need to reserve a location and time slot on a new online platform before being allowed to play.

To begin with, the STM indicated that only three stations will be open to buskers: Berri-UQAM, Guy-Concordia and Jean-Talon.

If all goes well, the STM has indicated that it will make more spaces available “in the coming weeks”.

“The majority of customers surveyed had a favorable vision of a possible return of musicians, so the STM is happy to be able to announce this decision, she wrote.

The transportation company asks users to be “generous” to performing artists, but also asks people to avoid crowding near performance areas and to continue to maintain physical distance.

Justice confirms the vaccine passport

A Quebec Superior Court judge on Wednesday dismissed a request to suspend the province’s COVID-19 vaccine passport system, ruling that there was little evidence to suggest that the damage caused by the health order went beyond disappointment or inconvenience.

Lawyer Hans Mercier, who was vaccinated against COVID-19, and businessman Gaston Vachon, who was not, had asked the judge to urgently suspend the health order while their challenge was making its way through the legal system.

They argued that the passport system, imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, violated people’s Charter rights, tore the social fabric of society, and turned unvaccinated people into social pariahs.

Justice Nancy Bonsaint said the plaintiffs had failed to prove that the province’s vaccination passport system caused serious or irreparable harm and therefore did not need to be immediately suspended.

Third dose of vaccine for seniors

The Quebec government will allow people aged 70 and over to make an appointment for their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of November 16.

The provincial immunization committee, the CIQ, recommended that Quebecers in this age group be offered a third dose, in order to strengthen their immunity against the virus.

The appointments will take place gradually. Six months must have passed since the person’s last dose of COVID-19 vaccine for them to be eligible.

People who have received two doses of AstraZeneca will also soon be eligible to make an appointment for a third dose, this time of an mRNA vaccine, Health Minister Christian Dubé said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Free U.S. COVID-19 Tests Accepted At Border

Some Canadians who have crossed the US border have successfully returned to Canada after undergoing free COVID-19 tests south of the border.

The land border with the United States recently reopened to fully vaccinated Canadian travelers after being closed for non-essential travel since March 2020.

The Canadian government requires a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours for recreational travelers upon their return to Canada. It will only accept a molecular test, such as a PCR test, which can cost up to $ 200.

But some American drugstore chains, including Walgreens, offer self-administered nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT), which are recognized by Canadian border officials.

However, testing is not available at all locations and results are not guaranteed for customers within the 72 hour window.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsened cough.
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Sore throat
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Tired.
  • Loss of appetite.

If you think you have COVID-19, the government asks you to call 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment at a screening clinic.

To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the quebec.ca/vaccincovid online portal. You can also dial 1-877-644-4545.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.

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