After choosing not to get on board with the national COVID Alert contact tracing app, Quebec has announced a regional pandemic alert system as the province braces for a possible second wave of COVID-19.
Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé announced the new regional COVID-19 alert system in a press conference this morning, detailing four colour-coded levels of pandemic severity that’s similar to the terrorism-threat levels implemented post-9/11: green, yellow, orange and red.
Once a region gets to orange, the government may reduce the number of people allowed at gatherings, and more strict measures will be imposed if a region reaches the red level. Four regions in Quebec are currently in the yellow zone, which is considered “pre-alert mode” according to Dubé: Capitale-Nationale, Estrie, Outaouais and Laval.
The number of new COVID-19 cases has risen across Quebec over the past week, recording as many as 216 new cases yesterday. CTV Montreal is reporting that there are 70 schools in the province with cases of COVID-19 since opening just last week. ■
For more about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic situation in Quebec, please visit the Santé Québec website.
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