COVID-19: 112 new death; teachers and educators under the age of 70 years will be able to work

COVID-19: 112 nouveaux décès; enseignants et éducatrices de moins de 70 ans pourront travailler

New change of direction: the teachers and educators in child care centres aged 60 to 69 years of age are able to return to work, even if it is still not recommended to keep their own grandchildren at home.

“Public health has established the risk factor at age 70, not 60 years,” said the vice-prime minister, Genevieve Guilbault, Wednesday. Ms. Guilbault was replacing the prime minister during the press briefing on the state of the COVID-19 in Quebec.

The risk of complications is higher from the age of 70, she explained. “So, at the bottom of 70 years, people can return to work, without significant risk to health, provided, of course – and there, it is important to mention and remember – if you comply with the instructions of the public health, including the instructions of distancing, hygiene,” says Ms. Guilbault.

“So it will be possible for educators and professors, teachers, aged between 60 and 69 years of age to return to work as early as next week”, she added. The measure also applies to all workers.

New directive

Geneviève Guilbault said he wanted “to clarify information regarding the risk factors for health associated with age”, yet released by the government recently.

On Monday, prime minister François Legault said: “Obviously, there are teachers who have more than 60 years, so we will ask them not to come to school”. During the same press conference, he added about the children: “If they see people over the age of 60, there is a risk”.

In a letter to educators in child care, the minister of the Family, Mathieu Lacombe, and the national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said also on April 28th: “According to the recommendations of the public Health, it is recommended that the educators that are pregnant, those suffering from a chronic disease or have an immune deficiency and those aged 60 years and older do not return to work for the moment.”

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Contradiction

In addition, Québec always recommends that grandparents do not keep their grandchildren at home. “People are going to wear masks as such in daycare, there will be measures of social distancing, and, let us be clear, we are talking about people who are in health,” said Dr. Arruda to explain this apparent contradiction.

“Why, now, grandma can not keep her grandchild if she has the age of 67 or 69 years? This is not the same context of affiliation that is going to be in a relationship parent-grand–parent–grandchild. This is not the same kind of relationship, he added. […] this is not the same kind of exposure.”

112 additional deaths

The Québec deplores 910 new cases of COVID-19 and 112 additional deaths compared with the day before.

The balance reached 34 327 people infected and 2510 patients died of the virus.

 In short:

  • Québec is injecting$ 31 Million to implement a plan of intervention in mental health.
  • A little more than 5,000 tickets have been distributed since the beginning of the crisis in Québec as a whole.
  • Quebec will grant temporary release for medical purposes to some of the prisoners who have less than 30 days of detention to be served.
  • Patients in Montreal have been transferred to Trois-Rivières in order to “lessen the pressure” on hospitals of the metropolis.
  • Thirty-four detainees have been declared positive at the COVID-19 at the Bordeaux jail in Montreal.

In Québec, as of may 6, 2020, the situation is the following:

  • 2510 death (112 deaths)
  • 34 327 confirmed cases (+910)
  • 1840 people in hospital (+19)
  • 213 people to the intensive care unit (-5)

Number of deaths by region

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent: 1
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: 26
  • Capitale-Nationale: 69
  • Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec: 113
  • Estrie: 25
  • Montreal: 1562
  • Ottawa: 5
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue: 3
  • Côte-Nord: 0
  • Nord-du-Québec: 0
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 8
  • Chaudière-Appalaches: 8
  • Laval: 336
  • Lanaudière: 106
  • The laurentians: 53
  • Montérégie: 195
  • Nunavik: 0
  • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James: 0

Total: 2510

Number of cases by region

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent: 36
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: 299
  • Capitale-Nationale: 986
  • Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec: 1412
  • Estrie: 877
  • Montreal: 17 442
  • The Outaouais region: 318
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue: 150
  • North Shore: 113
  • Nord-du-Québec: 8
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 170
  • Chaudière-Appalaches: 411
  • Laval: 3701
  • Lanaudière: 2606
  • The laurentians: 1586
  • Montérégie: 4179
  • Nunavik: 20
  • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James: 10

Québec: 34 327

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