On Friday October 2nd, the Quebec government reported 1052 new Covid-19 cases for the past 24 hours. It is the highest one-day increase in the province since May 3rd – and very disconcerting. The number of people now hospitalized with the virus is up to 302 (up 27 since yesterday) and 49 people are in intensive care (up 3 since yesterday). Although they reported no new deaths attributed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours – the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 5857 and the total number of recoveries now at 63,683.
“It’s urgent to reduce our social contacts. We might need to close other activities in the coming days. We have to always stay at two metres from people who don’t live with us,” Premier Francois Legault said at his news conference. “Don’t ask yourself how to get around the rules, ask yourself how to keep your distances… we need to reduce our social contacts. It’s a matter of life or death,” he added, responding the concerns and confusion about the restrictions in Quebec’s Red Alert Zones. The provincial police have set up checkpoints aiming to limit travel between regions.
Legault said that additional measures and closures could be introduced in the coming days, but he did not want to close schools and said, “Regarding schools, for me it’s the last place I want to close I will do everything I can to keep schools open” and that currently only 2% of classrooms are currently closed in the province.