- Quebec reported 83 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and three deaths that occurred before July 14.
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 376,192 confirmed cases and 11,235 people are dead.
- There are 84 people hospitalized (an increase of three) including 25 in intensive care (an increase of two).
- 99,852 doses of vaccine were administered in the province in the past 24 hours, for a total of 9,853,761.
- 82 percent of the province’s eligible population (aged 12 and over) received one dose of the vaccine and 50 percent received two.
COVID-19 data is no longer updated by the Quebec Ministry of Health on weekends or holidays.
Quebec is organizing a $ 2 million cash and scholarship lottery to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement with Eric Girard, who is both finance and economy minister for the province, as well as Daniel Paré, director of the Quebec vaccination campaign, at headquarters Social Loto-Québec in Montreal.
Starting July 25, the province’s portal for proof of vaccination will include an option to register for the lottery.
“In a fight like this, every person vaccinated counts,” Girard said of the new incentive.
The first weekly draw will take place on August 6. Those who have already been vaccinated are also eligible for the cash prizes.
Non-essential travel from the United States may soon be allowed
Canada is preparing to welcome non-essential travelers, as the Prime Minister’s office quietly revealed on Thursday that it was targeting mid-August for the border to reopen for fully vaccinated Americans.
And if the current vaccination rate continues to rise, fully vaccinated travelers from around the world could start arriving in early September, Trudeau said during a COVID-19 status update with Canada’s prime ministers.
All vaccinated age groups can now switch to the 2nd dose
With the epidemiological situation remaining stable, the province is encouraging the youngest eligible Quebecers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
Young people aged 12 to 17 can now bring their appointment forward for the second dose, Dubé tweeted Thursday morning. People can either change their appointment or simply go to a clinic that offers walk-in services.
Dubé said public health approved the earlier schedule, noting it gave people more flexibility.
According to the most recent figures from the province, 77% of people in this age group received a first dose. However, only seven percent had their second stroke.
Overall, 48% of Quebecers received two doses.
The province is trying to get more young people vaccinated. Less than 70 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 received a first dose, according to provincial data.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsened cough.
- Difficulty in breathing.
- Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
- Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
- Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
- Generalized muscle pain.
- Loss of appetite.
If you think you have COVID-19, the government asks you to call 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment at a screening clinic.
To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go to the quebec.ca/vaccincovid online portal. You can also dial 1-877-644-4545.
You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here.