COVID live updates: Quebec reports 52 deaths as hospitalizations, ICU admissions hit new highs

Some Montreal walk-in clinics now offer booster shots to people 18 and older. Appointment eligibility has been moved to Friday for all adults.

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Updated throughout the day on Wednesday, January 12. Questions/comments: [email protected]

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Major updates

  • Live: Trudeau provides pandemic update
  • Quebec reports 52 deaths as hospitalizations, ICU admissions hit new highs
  • Some Montreal walk-in clinics now offering booster shots for ages 18+
  • Better Measures Needed to Reopen Quebec Schools, Experts Say
  • Appointments for first dose jump after Quebec announces ‘anti-vaccine tax’
  • Quebec tax on the unvaccinated could worsen inequity, advocates say
  • Opinion: Arruda resigns, but will it change anything?
  • Opinion: Will a tax move the unvaccinated? don’t bet on it
  • ‘Democratizing COVID’: Four in 10 Canadians know someone recently infected, survey finds
  • Quebec COVID Guide: Vaccines, Vaccine Passports, Testing, Restrictions, Curfew
  • Sign up for our free nightly coronavirus newsletter

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Live: Trudeau provides pandemic update

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11:15

Graph: Current situation vs. a year ago


11:15

Graph: Hospitalizations – vaccinated vs. unvaccinated


11:15

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths


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Graphic: Quebec vaccination campaign


11:10

Quebec reports 52 deaths as hospitalizations, ICU admissions hit new highs

Quebec has registered 8,351 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

The case count only includes people who underwent PCR tests at government screening clinics, where access is now strictly limited. The total no longer accurately reflects the number of cases in the province as it does not include the results of rapid home tests.

In addition, 52 new deaths were reported.

In the past seven days, Quebec has recorded 260 COVID deaths, the highest number of deaths in a week since February 2021.

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

  • Net increase in hospitalizations: 135, for a total of 2,877 (457 admitted, 322 discharged).
  • Net increase in intensive care patients: 8, for a total of 263 (41 admitted to ICU, 33 discharged).
  • 107,238 doses of vaccine administered in the previous 24 hours.
  • 42,557 PCR tests carried out on Monday.

10:30

Some Montreal walk-in clinics now offering booster shots for ages 18+

A report from colleague Jesse Feith:

Some Montreal COVID-19 vaccination centers are now offering the third dose on a walk-in basis to everyone over the age of 18.

Per the Quebec government schedule, only people over the age of 35 are currently eligible to book appointments for their booster shot. All adults will be from next Monday.

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But at least two of the city’s mass vaccination sites, the Palais des Congrès and Décarie Square, already offer the third dose on a walk-in basis to all adults.

Jean Nicolas Aubé, spokesman for CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, said the center’s vaccination center started doing it a few days ago.

“We are still respecting the calendar,” Aubé said on Wednesday. “But since we have the capacity to do it there, and these people will be eligible for appointments in the next few days, we figured why not offer it to them now rather than turn them around and tell them to come back later.”

According to the government calendar, Quebecers over the age of 35 became eligible to book appointments for their third dose on Wednesday. It can be done through the Clic Santé website. The province recommends waiting at least three months between your second and third doses.

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People over the age of 18 can book booster appointments starting Friday, January 14, according to a schedule posted on Clic Santé this morning.

The original date for those over 18 was Monday, January 17.


10 am

Better Measures Needed to Reopen Quebec Schools, Experts Say

With COVID-19 cases still at record levels, public health experts fear that Quebec has not made the necessary adjustments to safely reopen schools next week.

And with the province’s hospital network about to overflow, they say, more urgent measures are needed in schools to limit the impact the reopening will have on broadcasting.

Read our full story, by Jesse Feith.


10 am

Appointments for first dose jump after Quebec announces ‘anti-vaccine tax’

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé announced Wednesday that appointments to receive a first dose of the vaccine have increased significantly in the last 48 hours.

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Read our full story.

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10 am

Quebec tax on the unvaccinated could worsen inequity, advocates say

Advocates working with Black and Indigenous communities say a proposal to make unvaccinated adults pay a financial penalty risks further entrenching inequalities in Canada’s pandemic response and adding another burden to the marginalized.

Read our full story.


10 am

Opinion: Arruda resigns, but will it change anything?

“However, don’t be fooled into thinking a change is coming. If another Yes Man (or Woman) is appointed to replace Dr. Horacio Arruda, it will only mean that a new person will be put on the bench to justify Prime Minister François Legault’s agenda in the months leading up to the fall elections. The job can get even more difficult.”

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Read Allison Hanes’ latest column.


10 am

Opinion: Will a tax move the unvaccinated? don’t bet on it

To that end, Legault announced Tuesday that he will impose a financial penalty on those who refuse to get vaccinated without medical exemptions. Good luck trying to implement that, but the fear is that not even a tax will change your mind.

Read Bill Brownstein’s latest column.


10 am

‘Democratizing COVID’: Four in 10 Canadians know someone recently infected, survey finds

Nearly four in 10 Canadians know someone close to them who has been infected with COVID-19 in the past 10 days, a new survey shows, more evidence that appears to support a warning from British Columbia’s provincial health officer that everyone will be exposed. to Omicron at some point.

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Read our full story.


9:15 am

Quebec COVID Guide: Vaccines, Vaccine Passports, Testing, Restrictions, Curfew

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Evidence

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Curfew

      • Quebec is one of the few jurisdictions in the world with a pandemic curfew.
      • It works from 10 pm to 5 am throughout the province.
      • Anyone who breaks it is subject to fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Teenagers over the age of 14 are subject to fines of $500.
      • Only essential workers traveling to or from work and a few others are exempt. The government has published a complete list of exemptions. After an uproar, Quebec backed down and allowed dog walking during curfew.

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