As Canada approaches 2 million cases since the start of the pandemic.
As the highly contagious Omicron strain continues to fuel a surge in COVID-19 infections across much of Canada, new limitations on gatherings and restaurants are taking effect in Quebec. On Sunday, the country passed the two million case mark.
On Sunday, the province of Quebec announced 7,874 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths. For the first time, the province had more than 10,000 daily cases on Friday.
Private gatherings will be limited to six persons or two-family bubbles beginning Sunday. Restaurants can only serve groups of six people or two-family bubbles, down from ten people and three houses previously.
Premier François Legault recognised in a Christmas message on Facebook that the coming weeks would be “tough.”
“It will be difficult that we maintain our efforts and keep together, even if we are exhausted,” he wrote.
According to Montreal’s head of public health, it’s a “critical period” for the city’s health system, with 181 persons hospitalised with COVID-19 in the city as of Thursday, up 60% from the previous week.
On Monday, New Brunswick will impose its own limitations, with residents being encouraged to stick to a constant bubble of 10, down from 20.
Level 2 requirements also include capacity limits for other companies, public events, and faith facilities, as well as forcing restaurants to run at 50% capacity and requiring proof of immunisation.
On Friday, the province reported 265 cases, its largest single-day total ever, as well as one additional fatality.
On the other hand, Ontario reported 9,826 new cases on Sunday, a day after surpassing 10,000 for the first time. There were apparently seven other deaths, according to the study.
The 10,412 new cases reported on Saturday were the province’s third consecutive day of breaking its daily case count record. The rolling seven-day average of new daily cases now stands at 6,746, up from 2,542 a week ago.
Many public health departments have maxed their testing capacity, according to experts, therefore the true number of cases is likely significantly higher than those reported each day.
The province is rushing to get COVID-19 vaccination boosters out to residents, with some facilities open on Christmas Day. Anyone above the age of eighteen is now capable, as long as it has been three months since their last injection.
On Christmas day, more than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccination were delivered, according to Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott.
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