Posted on Dec 24th, 2021 by Priyanka Jadhav, Last updated on Aug 8th, 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic in Canada and all over the world has been due to the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The rise of Coronavirus cases has been reported the most in the three largest provinces of Canada; Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta. Confirmed existing reports state that the strain of Coronavirus reached Canada on 27th January 2020. With the uprising Quebec Covid cases 19 cases, Canada took necessary steps quickly and restricted the entry of travelers from all countries (with few exceptions).
Quebec observed their first case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in November 2021. In response to the substantial risks and uncertainties raised by the spread of the Omicron variant in Canada. The Minister of Health, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos on 17th December 2021 announced further adjustments to travel and border measures, especially on India to Canada flights. Canada travel restrictions and border measures are intended to lessen the transmission of Covid 19 cases in Quebec. This in return will assist provinces and territories slow down the spread of transmission.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Legault said that, “In the past week, the number of covid cases has tripled. We have 9000 new cases, and we expect hospitalizations to continue the increase.” He further continued, “Our objective remains the same – to safeguard our hospitals so that we may continue to provide care to all those who require it.”
The age group from 80 years old and above is the most vulnerable due to the spread of Coronavirus. 38.7% of the daily deaths are reported in the age group of 80-89-year-olds and 31.7% of the deaths per day are in the age group of 90 years and above.
Quebec has reinstated strict public health restrictions in recent weeks in order to contain a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. As the result of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the province of Quebec has closed bars, gyms, and casinos; and has announced that non-essential workers should work from home starting on Monday to battle the spread of the infection.All non-essential workers, including civil servants, are no longer required to commute for office. The provincial government has put a halt to all public activities that are not relevant to the implementation of Covid 19 Quebec restrictions.
Christian Dube, the health minister, has called on Quebecers to limit their physical contact as the Christmas holiday season approaches. Dube stated that effective immediately schools will be shut down until January 10. Students in primary school will have a longer break, and high school students will be required to access remote learning.
Elementary schools will remain open for vaccination campaigns and the distribution of rapid test kits. Parents who require daycare services for their children, especially healthcare sectors, can continue to avail themselves of the school daycare services. Restaurants will be open with a capacity reduction of 50% from 5 pm to 10 pm. Additionally, sporting events will be held indoors.
Originated in Wuhan, China; the infectious disease caused by Coronavirus is a new strain not detected in people earlier. The many variants of Covid-19 have been labeled as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.
Common Symptoms of Covid-19 are
Uncommon symptoms such as diarrhea, conjunctivitis, and chest pain can also occur.
The commonly observed symptoms of Omicron patients are runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, and sore throat.
On December 22, 2021, the Covid-19 vaccination data of Quebec reported,
Dube has advised people to limit contact for the coming few days. Organizing gatherings of up to 10 people from a maximum of three residences are allowed but advised against. Hospitalization, as reported, is now at 397 beds, which is more than half the province’s total capacity of 671 beds. The system’s low capacity is not owing to lack of beds, as explained by Dube; however, it is rather a severe dearth of health care workers, many being on leave or have abandoned the system completely. The head of the Province’s Vaccination Campaign has announced that the province is attempting to accelerate the delivery of third-dose vaccinations, but that more people are needed to administer the vaccine shots. The campaign is set to prioritize vaccination to the older, vulnerable, and healthcare workers.
The fifth wave of the pandemic is causing long queues and delays in getting test results as the Omicron variant drives daily case counts to record-breaking levels. This has been putting a burden on laboratories in the province, according to a union that represents 5,400 laboratory technicians in Quebec. Dube has urged only people with symptoms to get tested, in contrast, Dr. Donal Vinh feels that the strategy is incorrect and in this radar, asymptomatic people are not targeted. He estimated that approximately 15,000 asymptomatic people are currently unaccounted for based on the current testing levels and the expected number of interactions one has in a day that can spike the transmission of Covid-19 in Quebec. On December 15, laboratories in Quebec were processing 46,830 Covid-19 tests daily, a record high. Dube aims to prioritize at-home rapid tests and has already started distributing 800,000 rapid tests by Christmas in Quebec.
The travel and tourism industry, in accordance with current health measures, is open and ready to welcome travelers. Fully vaccinated individuals are only allowed to partake in activities, and the capacity is limited to 50%.
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On Monday, the Quebec government will reinforce public health precautions as Covid-19 cases rise across the province and the possibility of Omicron looms.
It is necessary to wear masks at all times possible when the individual is in a public place. With the use of masks, one should also remember to get themselves checked if they have a suspicion of any symptoms. Additionally, one must carry a hand sanitizer with them at all times and remember to use it regularly.
With the spread of coronavirus yet again, it is time to ensure that the fifth wave doesn’t become as lethal as the previous times. Although, Canada travel restrictions have been quite lenient currently, and India to Canada flights with fully vaccinated passengers are allowed; it is time we travel only when it is necessary. The leading travel agency and a number one choice of household, MyTicketsToIndia presents this holiday season a deal that you should hardly miss out on. We bring to you festive deals and incredible discounts on flights to Canada from India and return flights from Canada to India as well.
Priyanka Jadhav is a travel writer, who is inclined to explore different cultures and countries. When she is not writing, she is either reading fiction novels or surfing the internet for the next best place to add to her bucket list. Her interests piqued at a young age when she traveled across India and witnessed a variety of cultures, languages, foods, and people. If you're craving for an adrenaline rush, or need an instant travel update - Priyanka has a way with words to help you in every aspect possible. Bring quirky articles and the latest travel updates your way through MyTicketsToIndia, she aims to provide travelers with the necessary information possible.