The public health authorities to restrict the access to eight more vulnerable areas of Quebec in order to protect the coronavirus, when the balance of people infected continues to rise.
Travel is only deemed essential will now be allowed in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, in Northern Quebec, in Nunavik and on the territory of the James Bay cree.
The Sureté du Québec, was erected between 30 and 40 police checkpoints, since 16h on the major roads leading to these remote areas to control the inputs and outputs. Single travellers will be turned away.
“In fact, everything is going to be banned, all comings and goings, unless considered essential, and by essential we mean everything that relates to essential services such as the following in the list that was published a few days ago, everything that affects the health and everything that touches the humanitarian,” stressed Genevieve Guilbault, who led Saturday’s daily press conference on the COVID-19, replacement of its leader François Legault.
Since these communities are “more isolated” and that the population is more elderly than elsewhere in the province, the time has come to put them to the shelter, said the national Director of public health.
Death: people age 80 and older, the majority
The closure of these eight regions of the East and of the North is a preventive measure. “We put a filter to delay the import into those regions. It is also regions that have more vulnerable people, more old, more problems with diabetes and others, and therefore, more at risk,” said Dr. Horacio Arruda.
In effect, Quebecers who have died up to now as a result of infection of the coronavirus are mainly aged 80 to 89 years. Two people had 90 years and more, but there is for the moment no deaths linked to the virus among citizens under the age of 60 years.
The balance sheet is increasing
Quebec now has 2498 people infected by the COVID-19, a rise of 477 cases since Friday. 22 people died up to now. There are currently 164 citizens are hospitalized as a result of the coronavirus, including 57 intensive care unit.
But the national Director of public health does not consider the alarming situation and warns against comparisons with the other provinces.
The week of release which brings many residents to travel across the world has contributed to the spread of the virus.
“We had borders that were not closed to Italy and then to France (travellers) who were not necessarily in British Columbia, so that it may be more bombardment from the outside”, he argued.