A stricter lockdown not off the table, according to Legault

Record Staff
A stricter lockdown not off the table, according to Legault

In its latest COVID-19 update, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS reported 78 confirmed new cases, for a cumulative total of 5,492 since the start of the pandemic.
The Eastern Townships local health authority also added seven new deaths – four at the Centre d’hébergement Villa-Bonheur, two at the Hôpital et centre d’hébergement Argyll and one at the Résidence Brooks – for a total of 82 in the region.
There are also 31 people in hospital, three people in intensive care and an additional 103 people recovered from the virus – 4,477 people have overcome COVID-19 in the Townships. Meanwhile, the most recent data from Quebec’s public health authority continues to grow.
Quebec registered 1,564 new cases bringing the total number of people infected to 154,740. There were also 36 new deaths for a total of 7,313 – 12 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours. The number of hospitalizations increased by 17 for a total of 835.
And there are an additional nine people in intensive care, pushing the total to 114. In a press briefing Tuesday, Premier François Legault said the government is monitoring the situation closely and they aren’t ruling out the possibility of a stricter lockdown.
However, Legault added that they haven’t reached that point yet. He asked businesses to consider allowing employees to work from home, especially during the holidays. And Legault backed his decision to keep restaurants, gyms and movies closed until Jan. 11.

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