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Québec Premier, Health Minister frustrated with lack of respect for COVID-19 rules as more regions added to yellow level alert

On Tuesday, Québec Premier François Legault, Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, and Director of Public Health of Québec, Dr. Horacio Arruda, announced that due to the epidemiological situation and the increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, in recent days, the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Chaudière-Appalaches, Montreal and Montérégie have moved to the “pre-alert” regional alert level, bringing the total number of regions classified as “yellow” to eight. The Capitale-Nationale (Québec City), Laval, Estrie and Outaouais regions were already in the “yellow” zone.

The Laurentides region remains under a “green” designation.

The Premier said he was very worried about the current situation. “If the virus continues to spread, there are people with COVID-19 who will be hospitalized, and some of them will unfortunately die,” said Legault.

“Each Quebecer must assume his share of responsibilities. If the virus continues to spread, our hospitals will be congested, people waiting for surgeries will have their surgeries postponed, classes will have to close, fathers and mothers will lose their livelihood. We have to react together now,” Legault added.

The Premier said that the virus is still transmitted in the community, particularly gatherings of family and friends. More than ever, it is necessary to avoid any gathering of more than 10 people in the houses. “Please don’t have family parties or friends’ parties anymore. Limit yourself to meeting a few people. Wear a mask and keep your distance,” Legault insisted.

“I would like to remind you that for regions that pass into the yellow zone, this is a warning. This means in particular more police interventions, more inspections and tighter control of traffic in certain places to facilitate physical distancing. The solutions are in our hands. If we want to keep a minimum of normality, we must all make an effort. We have to respect the rules, make certain sacrifices, so that our children go to school and to protect our families. Now is the time to think about others. We must continue to face this virus together,” said Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé.

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