The Prime Minister, François Legault, calls on the Saguenéens to “give a boost” to reduce their contacts at the time when their region has become the new epicenter of the pandemic in Quebec.
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“We are able, we have managed to do it in the Capitale-Nationale in recent weeks, to reduce the number of contacts and reduce the number of cases, so it is important to do it in Saguenay-Lac-Saint -Jean, ”he said at a press briefing in Montreal.
With 181 and 107 declared cases of COVID-19 in the region, Sunday and Monday respectively, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is the region of Quebec with the most infected people per million inhabitants.
“I know the people in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean well. These are people who are proud, and there are not 56,000 ways to do it. We must reduce the number of contacts, among others in homes and therefore fewer visits between friends, ”said François Legault.
He gave as an example the Capitale-Nationale region, the epicenter of the pandemic in Quebec for several weeks this fall, where citizens managed to slow down the contamination.
“I invite all the citizens of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean to take charge, to give a boost in the coming days, the coming weeks, I know that you are capable of great things and I am doing a special appeal to the citizens of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, ”he added on this subject.
On the significant rise in the number of hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 in the province, 47 more on Tuesday alone, the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, indicated that 25% of them were in fact patients transferred from CHSLDs.
“These are not new cases, but these are cases that are now in hospital,” he said.