Québec Premier François Legault To Ban Christmas Gatherings

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QUÉBEC CITY – Premier François Legault is scrapping the province’s plan to allow Christmas gatherings due to a recent surge in cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

“When we look at the situation, we are forced to realize that it is not realistic to think that we are going to succeed in reducing the progression of the virus in a satisfactory way by Christmas,” said Premier François Legault.”I know people will be disappointed and will want to see friends and family. I want to say that is really not a good idea, the virus is firmly established pretty much everywhere around the province.”

The most recent data in Québec on the evolution of COVID-19 in the province show 1,470 new cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 146,532.

The data also report 30 new deaths, for a total of 7,155. Among these 30 deaths, 12 have occurred in the last 24 hours, 12 have occurred between November 26 and December 1 and 6 have occurred before November 26.

The number of hospitalizations decreased by 3 compared to the previous day, for a cumulative total of 737. Among these, the number of people in intensive care remains stable, for a total of 99. The samples conducted on December 1 amount to 34,136 for a total of 3,979,208.

Summary Data Evolution Table1

Date

Confirmed cases

Deaths2

Hospitalizations

Hospitalizations in intensive care

Tests performed

November 26

1,269

26

669 (-6)

90

29,652

November 27

1,480

23

678 (+9)

93 (+3)

24,450

November 28

1,395

23

665 (-13)

92 (-1)

27,115

November 29

1,333

29

693 (+28)

94 (+2)

20,326

November 30

1,177

25

719 (+26)

98 (+4)

27,373

December 1

1,514

17

740 (+21)

99 (+1)

34,136

December 2

1,470

12

737 (-3)

99

NA

1

Note that the majority of data are presented according to the day they were entered. They are extracted at 4 p.m. at the date shown and cover the preceding 24 hours. However, the availability of the data on samples involves an additional delay of 24 hours and these correspond to the number of samples taken on the date shown.

2

It should also be noted that the data prior to those of the last 24 hours presented in the column Deaths have been adjusted according to the actual dates of death. This explains the variation of some data compared to those presented in previous press releases. The daily death toll is influenced by the time required for the physician to report the death, the time required to complete the investigation to confirm that the death was attributable to COVID-19, and the entry into the system.