One month away from Christmas and while the number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 900, Wednesday, many Quebecers are wondering if they will be able to spend the Holidays with their family this year.
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“For now we have more or less planned to do something with friends, but we remain aware that it can also be canceled at the last moment”, says a father as he lines up in front of a screening center .
“We keep our fingers crossed for the holiday festivities,” a mother also says while waiting in the same line.
The COVID-19 toll was on the rise on Wednesday as public health reports 902 new cases.
“For sure to see the number of cases almost doubling in the last month or so is something to take into account, but it is clear that, I would say, the most important indicator is going to be the number. of people hospitalized ”, maintains Dr. Gaston De Serres, medical consultant at the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).
If the number of hospitalizations seems rather under control in the province, many outbreaks still occur, especially in elementary schools and daycares.
Vaccination for children ages 5 to 11, which began on Tuesday, could be a game-changer, even though second doses won’t be given until after the holidays.
– Based on information from Chu Anh Pham