Quebec government expected to make COVID-19 lockdown announcement today

Dec 15 2020, 12:00 pm

The Quebec government is set to announce new COVID-19 restrictions throughout the province on Tuesday in an effort to slow the transmission of the virus.

According to the Quebec Premier’s agenda, François Legault will be joined by Health Minister Christian Dubé and the province’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda.

Legault and company will give an update from Montreal at 5 pm, which will be streamed live from the premier’s social media channels.

On Tuesday morning, Dubé said the rising numbers of hospitalizations is “worrisome” and that some hospitals throughout Quebec have reached maximum capacity.

On Monday, Legault told reporters the holidays present an opportunity to increase COVID-19 measures, citing the fact that schools are already closed. He was adamant that he won’t shut down the province as much as he did during the virus’ first wave.

The premier’s agenda didn’t specify which sectors will be closed, but the province’s bars, restaurants, dining halls, event venues, and gyms are already closed until at least January 11.

The province announced 1,741 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday along with 39 virus-related deaths. Hospitalizations have also increased and Quebec’s coronavirus totals now equal 167,276, cases and 7,571 deaths since the pandemic began in March.