COVID live updates: Quebec reports 3 new deaths as hospitalizations, ICU cases rise


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to answer questions about the Emergencies Act this morning. Police in Ottawa are maintaining 100 checkpoints near Parliament Hill after dispersing protesters over the weekend.

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  • Quebec reports 3 new deaths as hospitalizations, ICU cases rise
  • Live: Trudeau speaks to reporters
  • Quebec lifts passport requirement for places of worship, ends store capacity limit
  • Police maintaining 100 checkpoints in Ottawa after occupation dispersed
  • Quebec City convoy organizer vows to return if demands aren’t met
  • More contagious BA.2 sub-variant spreading in Canada, complicating opening plans
  • How to prepare Quebec’s fragile health-care system for the next COVID-19 wave
  • Quebec health system unprepared to handle Omicron-fueled long COVID cases
  • 1849, 2022: Parliament under siege, then and now
  • Quebec COVID guide: Vaccinations, vaccine passports, testing, restrictions
  • Sign up for our free nightly coronavirus newsletter

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Live: Trudeau speaks to reporters

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Chart: Current situation vs. one year ago


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Chart: Hospitalizations – vaccinated vs. unvaccinated


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Charts: Quebec cases, deaths


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Charts: Quebec’s vaccination campaign


11:05 a.m.

Quebec reports 3 new deaths as hospitalizations, ICU cases rise

Quebec has recorded 1,064 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

The case tally only includes people who received PCR tests at government screening clinics. It does not accurately reflect the number of cases since it does not include the results of home rapid tests.

In addition, 3 new deaths were reported, bringing the cumulative total to 13,856.

Some other key statistics from Quebec’s latest COVID-19 update:

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  • Net increase in hospitalizations: 18, for a total of 1,776 (101 entered hospital, 83 discharged).
  • Net increase in intensive care patients: 5, for a total of 119 (16 entered ICUs, 11 discharged).
  • 15,521 PCR tests conducted Saturday.
  • 11,393 vaccine doses administered over previous 24 hours.

Statistics were not available for Montreal Island.


10:40 a.m.

Quebec lifts passport requirement for places of worship, ends store capacity limit

Starting today, Quebec will no longer require vaccine passports at places of worship or funeral as part of a gradual easing of pandemic restrictions.

In addition, as of today, capacity limits are lifted in stores and shopping centers and conventions are allowed, with a maximum of 500 people.

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These specific sites can also reopen today: “arcades, water parks, amusement centers and amusement parks, recreation centers, thematic sites, indoor sites devoted to bowling and
other similar games.”


10:05 a.m.

Police maintaining 100 checkpoints in Ottawa after occupation dispersed

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9:30 a.m.

Quebec City convoy organizer vows to return if demands aren’t met

There was no promise to return this time, but a spokesperson for thousands protesting sanitary measures vowed they will be back if the government doesn’t agree to their demands.

Read our full story, by Jason Magder and Philip Authier.


9:30 a.m.

More contagious BA.2 sub-variant spreading in Canada, complicating opening plans

The highly contagious Omicron sub-variant known as BA.2 is gaining a foothold in Canada just as provinces begin removing pandemic restrictions, according to newly released data.

The spread of BA.2, which is believed to be 1.4 times as contagious as the already highly transmissible original Omicron sub-variant, could complicate reopening plans now underway in most provinces.

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Read our full story.


9:30 a.m.

How to prepare Quebec’s fragile health-care system for the next COVID-19 wave

With epidemiologists predicting further COVID-19 waves, the focus has turned to what Quebec can do to reinforce its health-care system and prepare itself for the next surge.

Read our full story, by René Bruemmer.


9:30 a.m.

Quebec health system unprepared to handle Omicron-fueled long COVID cases

With concerns being raised about the Omicron variant fueling a spike in long COVID cases, health experts say Quebec does not have the resources to help people like Hebert or the many others who have survived the disease but remain seriously injured.

Read our full story.


9:30 a.m.

1849, 2022: Parliament under siege, then and now

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As police in Ottawa moved in on convoy protesters amid debate over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act to end the three-week standoff, Dan Horner, an associate professor of criminology at Ryerson University, couldn’t help thinking of the events that shook Montreal a century and three-quarters ago.

Read our full story, by Marian Scott.

Anonymous, attributed to Joseph Légaré, Fire at the Parliament, circa 1849. courtesy McCord Museum.  For Marian Scott feature on the burning of Parliament.
Anonymous, attributed to Joseph Légaré, Fire at the Parliament, circa 1849. courtesy McCord Museum. For Marian Scott feature on the burning of Parliament.

9:15 a.m.

Quebec COVID guide: Vaccinations, vaccine passports, testing, restrictions

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Vaccine passport

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testing

Pandemic restrictions

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8:30 a.m.

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