Updated: Nov 12, 2020
Quebec is still in the red zone :( - By Felicia
Remember last month? There was a COVID-19 announcement. If you don’t remember, it’s “RED ALERT! RED ALERT!”
That was a month ago, and then, the red zone restrictions were expected to end one week ago. Not so fast. It seems like we’ll have to wait at least another 2 weeks.
Legault said that though the number of new cases of coronavirus had stabilized, the province had seen an increase in recent days. Lockdown measures will continue through Nov. 23, he confirmed.
Today, there were 1162 new cases of COVID-19, which is really bad news. Quebec's seven-day rolling average now stands at about 1,180 cases per day, higher than last week’s “hovering around 1000 cases a day”.
Health officials have seen a significant increase in the number of cases of infections in five regions, where the situation was described as ‘worrying.’
These 5 regions are Saguenay, Lanaudière, Mauricie, Gaspesie, and Quebec. Montreal is also reporting a large portion of the province's new cases, with 253 (total 44,969) followed by Monteregie, with 192 (total 17,022) and Lanaudiere, with 173 (total 8,774).
News of a possible vaccine has buoyed spirits, though, said Legault, adding that patience is critical.
"We have to keep hope. Yesterday, we saw that the work for a vaccine is going well. But we must remain very careful, it will take months before we can vaccinate a good part of the population," he said. "We must continue to follow public health, rules, and we must maintain the balance between saving lives and our quality."