Curfew now in effect across Quebec; heavy police presence expected

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 10, 2021

And further east, New Brunswick is also reporting one of the highest single-day increases since the onset of the pandemic, with 30 new cases of COVID-19.

Ontario reported 3,443 new cases on Saturday after the province released record-breaking numbers with 4,249 new cases on Friday.

Nighttime curfews, relatively rare in the history of public health, have been put into effect in recent months to curb the surge of COVID-19 in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, India, California, Ohio, and previously in Australia.

The province said 12 of the most recent deaths occurred within the past 24 hours, 24 took place between January 2 and 7 and five prior to January 2.

Hospitalizations declined slightly to 1,392 across the province, with 206 patients in intensive care.

The province's latest count of COVID-19 cases stood at 226,233.

Police will have the power to stop anybody outdoors between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Those without a valid reason to be out between those hours could face fines of C$1,000-6,000.

"The main reason for the curfew is to prevent gatherings, even the smallest ones", said Legault.

Despite official health guidelines against Covid-19 demanding non-essential travel should be avoided, more than 4,253 Canadians visited Hawaii by both direct and connecting flights between December 1, 2020 and January 7, 2021, CTV reported on Saturday.

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