Montreal will not be able to pass alone in the orange zone if COVID-19 remains a problem in the suburbs. The government will continue to assess the overall situation of the Metropolitan Community of Montreal (CMM), said the Minister of Health.
“We have often said it over and over again: we can look at Montreal like an island but we decided to look at Montreal like the MWC, what we call Greater Montreal,” said Minister of Health Christian Dubé.
Mr. Dubé was responding to a question as to whether the problems observed in the regions adjacent to Montreal and Quebec, namely Montérégie, Lanaudière and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, would have an impact on a possible return to the orange zone for both bigger cities.
“We will continue to obtain the opinion of Public Health in relation to this but I do not see why that would change, he continued. The movements of the Island of Montreal on the South Shore and on the North Shore will have a lot of impact on the different alert zones. ”
Remember that in the last seven days, Montérégie has recorded 1,045 cases of COVID-19, Lanaudière 965 and Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, 722. With much larger populations, Montreal has recorded 1,780 cases and the Capitale-Nationale , 500.
In the past few days, the two largest cities in Quebec had reached a plateau. But the figures are far from delighting Prime Minister François Legault.
“When I look at the number of new confirmed cases, and the number of active cases, if we removed Lanaudière and Montérégie, we would keep the Greater Montreal Area in red.” – Mr. François Legault.
Cases rise, schools could close
In Montreal, the number of new cases of COVID-19 is steadily declining. The metropolis has recorded 325 cases in the past 24 hours, surpassing the 300 mark for the third time in five days.
The finding is also the same in Quebec, since we have been flirting with 100 daily cases for a few days.
Note that during this press briefing on Thursday, the provincial government also indicated that the temporary closure of schools was a scenario now on the table.
“We have to consider all our options to break this second wave,” said Legault. For example, closing schools for a month, including the holiday season is a possibility that we are looking at, but nothing has been decided. ”
-With François Carabin