COVID-19: 118 deaths, the seniors will start again to do their shopping

COVID-19: 118 nouveaux décès, les aînés pourront recommencer à faire leurs emplettes

Quebec softens the confinement of the seniors, who will be able to start again to do their shopping wearing a mask. Time slots will be reserved in the grocery stores and pharmacies.

There are now six weeks, François Legault had served a warning to the elderly, at greater risk of dying from an infection to the COVID-19.

“Send home !” had been launched by the prime minister, the words of a song of Jean-Pierre Ferland.

Quebecers aged 70 and over will be able to blow a little and return to some form of autonomy. It is the physical and mental health of the elderly, according to Dr. Horacio Arruda. “The containment results, particularly in the elderly, under-stimulation, and isolation leads beyond the cognitive loss or muscular a lot of stress, lot of anxiety and even fear “, he agreed to yesterday, flanked by François Legault and the minister of Seniors, Marguerite Blais.

LISTEN to the interview of Judith Gagnon, president, AQDR, at QUB radio:

  • As of may 11, seniors will be able to resume attendance at grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • A time slot will be specifically reserved in the shops essential, as is currently the case in some retailers.


  • But this flexibility comes with a condition : the elders will need to take the cover face.

“It is necessary that they comply with the two meters. They need to wear a mask, ideally, when they go out to the outside. This is what we will recommend, ” said the national director of public health.

Despite this breath of fresh air for the elderly, the balance sheet of the victims of the COVID-19 continues to rise in Quebec, with 118 deaths.

Informed at the same time as the population, the merchants will be at the rendez-vous, responded promptly, the canadian Council of the retail trade.

“We will answer the call and the retailers are already working to implement this request of Dr. Arruda “, argued the director of government relations, Jean-Francois Belleau.

 Residences more flexible

  • Residents of private institutions for elderly who were spared by the coronavirus will also have the right to go out without supervision.

“In wanting to protect our seniors who live in residences, they took away too much freedom of movement. They were cut off from their loved ones. It had to be done, but the time has come to relax gradually the rules to give them a more normal life and to reduce psychological distress, which is in the process of moving, ” said the minister Marguerite Blais.

  • As of may 11, the caregivers will also be able to “take care of their world” in institutions for seniors, she promised. Little follow-up here, the word order which had been given in this direction should be adhered to.

Visits to palliative care

In the past few weeks, the stirring testimonies of people who were not able to make a last farewell to loved ones due to of health prescriptions are many. Consequences “inhumane” of the pandemic that should not be reproducing, according to the minister of Seniors.

  • The prohibition of visits in the palliative care is exercised, even if the death of a loved one is not imminent. “You can say goodbye to your parents and the parents will be able to say goodbye to their children or to their spouse. ”
  • LISTEN to the analysis of Vincent Dessureault and Geneviève Pettersen at QUB radio:


In Québec, dated 5 may 2020, the situation is the following:

  • 2398 deaths (118 deaths)
  • 33 417 confirmed cases (+ 794)
  • 1821 people who are hospitalized
  • 218 people to the intensive care unit

Balance sheet of deaths in each region

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent: 1
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: 26
  • Capitale-Nationale: 65
  • Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec: 112
  • Estrie: 25
  • Montreal: 1488
  • Outaouais: 4
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue: 3
  • Côte-Nord: 0
  • Nord-du-Québec: 0
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 8
  • Chaudière-Appalaches: 8
  • Laval: 331
  • Lanaudière: 103
  • The laurentians: 46
  • Montérégie: 178
  • Nunavik: 0
  • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James: 0

Total: 2398

Balance of cases in each region

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent: 36
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: 298
  • Capitale-Nationale: 961
  • Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec: 1392
  • Estrie: 869
  • Montreal: 16 991
  • Ottawa: 312
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue: 149
  • North Shore: 113
  • Nord-du-Québec: 8
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 170
  • Chaudière-Appalaches: 410
  • Laval: 3604
  • Lanaudière: 2548
  • The laurentians: 1517
  • Montérégie: 4006
  • Nunavik: 20
  • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James: 10
  • Outside Québec: 1

Québec: 33 417




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