Monday marks the second step of the province’s move towards reopening, with performance venues, movie theatres, places of worship and sports stadiums allowed to reopen at partial capacity. Despite the lifting of restrictions, some of these locations sill will not open until later in the week due to scheduling factors.
The next step of reopening, due February 14, will see sports and recreation activities return for adults in groups of up to 25 people, as well as the reopening of gyms, spas and indoor training facilities at half capacity.
There were 2,411 people in hospital with COVID-19 in Quebec on Sunday, 177 of whom were in intensive care. This marks a decrease of 226 overall from the end of last week, with ICU numbers decreasing by 14 to roughly the same place they were at the start of the month of January. The overall figures also include people who are Covid-positive, but hospitalized for other reasons. According to Sunday’s data 1,061 people are in hospital specifically because of the virus, as is the case for 138 of those in intensive care.
The province recorded another 97 new Covid-related deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 13.475 since March of 2020.
As of Friday there were 146 people in hospital with Covid in the Eastern Townships, 12 of whom were in intensive care. This is a decrease of two hospitalizations and four intensive care cases since Thursday’s report. There were no new Covid related deaths in the region as of Friday, keeping the total at 503.
In terms of vaccination, 47 per cent of those eligible for a booster shot have gotten it to date, and 63 per cent of children 5-11 in the province have received a first dose. Second doses for the same age group have now increased to 28 per cent.
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