Legault wants Quebec travellers to quarantine in hotels for 2 weeks

Katie Ramirez
January 23, 2021

Their calls followed the death of a homeless man whose body was found in a portable toilet Sunday morning.

Opposition Leader Dominique Anglade said on Twitter Thursday that the premier's assertion is false. "We all want to help the homeless, it's complex and it's not the time to divide us, it's the time to work together", he said.

The premier said that an investigation into the man's death is ongoing and that it's not fair to say people are dying because of the curfew.

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Legault has said the province has sufficient overnight shelter beds to accommodate the homeless during the curfew, which is scheduled to be in effect until at least February 9.

According to Health Minister Christian Dubé more than 80 per cent of CHSLD residents and employees across the province have already received a vaccination dose, with the rest on track to do so by the end of the week. He said he's waiting to read scientific papers on the efficacy of a single dose before the province changes course.

Earlier this week, Legault urged Justin Trudeau and the federal government to ban all non-essential worldwide flights, including people travelling on vacation and to all-inclusive resorts.

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Officials have been banking on the arrival of their AstraZeneca orders next month to speed up bloc-wide vaccinations. AstraZeneca has blamed " reduced yields at a manufacturing site within our European supply chain ".

With fears of new variants increasing, such a move would reduce the chances of travellers spreading COVID-19, he said.

But hospitalizations - totalling 1,453 patients as of January 21 - are still "much too high", he said, for the province to stop postponing non-COVID surgeries and treatments in Quebec.

Failing to ban global flights, Ottawa should impose a mandatory quarantine at the hotel at the expense of travelers arriving from overseas, argues Prime Minister François Legault. "How come we were able to do it last spring?" he asked. "Right now, the quarantine for these people is not enough of a guarantee for the protection of Quebecers".

However, instead of having to ask for help from the RCMP or Quebec provincial police in monitoring quarantining passengers in hotels, Legault repeated a goal he first mentioned Tuesday, saying he hopes to convince federal authorites to cancel outgoing flights altogether so that travellers will be forced to stay home.

Quebec today reported 1,386 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and 55 additional deaths linked to the virus, including 16 deaths within the preceding 24 hours.

"This is only one week, but it looks as if the measures are starting to pay off", he said, encouraging the population to remain vigilant in light of the fact that the trend remains stable with regard to hospitalizations, meaning that the health network remains under great pressure.

Mr. Legault also announced that the administration of the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been completed in all CHSLDs in Quebec.

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