As outcomes improve in Quebec with a decrease in new cases, hospital admissions and the number of patients in intensive care, the Atlantic provinces are facing a rise in positive cases. And their measures must be tightened.
“With the largest number of cases (63 cases) since the arrival of COVID-19 in our province, we are adding new restrictions,” Nova Scotia Prime Minister Ian Rankin said on Twitter.
Nova Scotia announced tougher measures and tougher penalties for those breaking the rules on Sunday after the province recorded 63 new cases of COVID-19, a new record. Of the new infections, 57 were from the Central District, which includes Halifax. The previous record was set in the province two days ago, with 55 cases.
The Prime Minister announced that fines for non-compliance with public health measures have also doubled, from $ 1,000 to $ 2,000. All non-essential trips are now banned. In Halifax Regional Municipality, gatherings are restricted to a maximum of five people and ten people outside the district.
The provinces isolate themselves
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 on their soil, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are now restricting travel between counties.
In New Brunswick, mandatory traveler quarantine went into effect on Sunday, as public health recorded four new cases.
Now, people traveling to New Brunswick for no essential reason must self-isolate for at least seven days at the hotel. Accommodation, which costs about $ 200 a day, is at the expense of the traveler. If a person has tested negative on the seventh day, he can end his confinement in his home, provided that he lives alone.
Prince Edward Island also announced new measures for people entering and leaving the county on Friday.
“Given the changes in epidemiology and infection pressure in Atlantic Canada over the past few days, there is a need to increase restrictions and increase screening among people entering the island from Atlantic Canada, as we have done for people coming to the province from outside the Atlantic provinces,” explained Medical Director of Health Dr.Return Heather Morrison, in a statement. This is a critical time and we must take measures to tighten our borders and restrict entry to the governorate. ”
Starting Monday, all PEI residents who cross the border for fundamental reasons will have to self-isolate in order to have a negative first test, unless they make a round trip.
Anyone who has visited Nova Scotia since April 16th should be examined at 4 pme And at 8 o’clocke The day after returning to Prince Edward Island.
The province did not identify any new cases on Sunday.
The situation is improving in Quebec
For its part, Quebec on Sunday recorded 1,014 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 additional deaths related to the virus. The hospitalization rate continued to decline, while the number of intensive care patients decreased sharply.
So far, 10,878 Quebecers have succumbed to COVID-19. Of the nine deaths reported on Sunday, six occurred on the last day. One death was also announced between April 18-23 and two before April 18.
Since the start of the epidemic, 344,808 people have contracted the virus, while 323,086 people have so far recovered.
In addition, 654 patients have been hospitalized due to complications related to COVID-19. This is the eight drop off on Saturday. There are 165 people in intensive care, 16 fewer than the previous day.
Health and Social Services Minister Christian Dube was cautiously optimistic.
The situation remains fragile everywhere in Quebec, but hope looms. Vaccination for the general population will begin at the end of May. Let’s commit to each other in the coming weeks. We have to win the race on the variables.
Christian Dube on Twitter
In the preliminary data, Montreal Island reported an additional 256 cases. Only Montereggie has more than 100 new cases, with 128.
Authorities reported another 95 cases in Chaudière-Appalaches, 92 in Capitale-Nationale, 83 in Outaouais, 68 in Laval, 59 in Lanaudière, 56 in Laurentians and 44 in Bas-Saint-Laurent.
In the still orange area, authorities reported 48 new cases in Istry, 42 in Maurice – Center de Quebec and 30 in Saguenay – Lac Saint-Jean, as well as 6 in Côte Nord. The Gaspésie – les-de-la-Madeleine region, located in the yellow zone, recorded five new cases.
In terms of vaccination, Public Health provided 64,949 new doses, meaning 63,763 doses in the last 24 hours and 1,186 doses before April 24. Currently, 2,828,484 Quebecers have received their first dose, which represents just over a third of the population.
Quebec will not receive additional doses in the short term, “since delivery is complete,” said a press release. And 38,098 screening tests were performed on Friday.
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