Quebec’s public health minister has issued a stern warning after 586 new cases of COVID-19, and ten more hospitalizations were reported on Monday. In a news conference Monday afternoon, Dr. Horacio Arruda said the province is at the start of the second wave of COVID-19. He also said it was “very important” to work together with public health procedures. Arruda said they don’t want to move back into lockdown, adding that it “took a heavy toll psychologically and in many other ways.”
He asked Quebecers to follow COVID-19 guidelines, to be cautious, and limit gatherings to six people because, under the province’s regional alert system, several regions are presently categorized as “orange zones” and could turn to “red” if people aren’t vigilance. On Monday, new cases surged by more than 100 from the day before, after 462 new cases were reported making the total provincial stand at 68,128. While the Quebec City region reported 92 cases for a total of 3,061 and the Monteregie reached a total of 10,014 after reporting 76 new cases, Montreal reported 219 new cases for a total of 31,528.
Arruda said that if the current behaviour of citizens remains the same, it is very likely that regions like Montreal, Quebec City, Mauricie, and Beauce-Appalaches will eventually head into the “red zone.” If the number of gatherings continues without respecting the distancing, the public health director specified that cases would continue to rise. Though public health officials said three more deaths that occurred between Sept. 14 and 19 were added to the tally, for a total of 5,804, there were no new deaths in the province from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
Health-care professionals studied 23,126 samples on Sept. 19, which is 5,599 fewer than the number analyzed Sept. 18. About 59,131 people have recovered from the disease as of Monday, 335 more than on Sunday. He urged everyone else apart from those who have symptoms of COVID-19 not to clog up testing sites if they are not at risk.