Régis Labeaume believes that the containment measures imposed by the Legault government will continue after October 28. The psychological effects on citizens will be extremely harsh, he anticipates.
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“We are October 14th. It must end [le défi des 28 jours] in 14 days. We had 159 [nouveaux cas à Québec] today [mardi]. Why am I not sure it will end on the 28th? Asked the mayor of Quebec, Wednesday afternoon, on the sidelines of a virtual press briefing.
The latter even said he was “certain” that the measures in force in the red zones – such as the closure of restaurants and bars or the drastic limitation of social contacts – will not end anytime soon.
“I always have the impression that people don’t take the second wave seriously enough,” he lamented. By the way, 159 [cas positifs] today is not chic. It’s not brilliant. It’s not strong. ”
” It will hurt “
The data on COVID-19 contaminations in Quebec have looked like Russian montages for a few days. Last week, the number of daily cases even exceeded 200 on a few occasions. This week, it first came down to 95 cases (Sunday) before climbing to 125 (Monday), then to 159 (Tuesday).
According to Mayor Labeaume, “people are convinced that it will be short-lived and that this second wave will only be fleeting. We are not as vigilant as in the first wave. If people think like that, it won’t improve our lot ”.
Calling once again to respect the instructions of the health authorities, Régis Labeaume warns that “the more it will stretch, the more it will hurt” particularly at the beginning of autumn when sunny days are rare.
“Yesterday [mardi], it was raining. November is coming. It’s not a good time to confine yourself […] I’m worried. In the City, we are very attentive to the psychosocial aspect of things. I find it difficult now, ”he agreed.
He asked the population to “stick together” and “make sacrifices”. Otherwise, “it’s just going to stretch. We are going to make our case worse and it will hurt everyone more ”.
The Capitale-Nationale region has been classified in the red alert zone since 1er October. Even though the confinement is less draconian than last spring, the Quebec government requires residents of these areas to severely limit their social interactions from 1er at least October 28.
The Prime Minister, François Legault, repeats for his part “that we will have to live with the virus for several more months”.