Sports events, restaurants and meetings | To indulgence on January 31

(Quebec) Quebec is preparing to greenlight the resumption of sporting events for young people on January 31, the day it also plans to allow restaurant dining and limited gatherings in homes.

Updated January 24

Tommy Chouinard

Tommy Chouinard

Denis Lessar

Denis Lessar

Mayssa Ferah

Mayssa Ferah

According to current discussions at Public Health, the two family bubbles will be allowed to meet at a restaurant table. This permission applies to home meetings. Thus, the family bubble could welcome another home.

Civic and extracurricular sports intended for youth will be able to resume on January 31st. In the past few days, there has been a lot of pressure on the government, including from within, to allow young people to return to their sports activities, which is a source of motivation for many.

Another relief: places of worship may also open at the end of the month.

However, the opening date of concert halls, bars and cinemas has not been announced. However, the sequence of deconfinement could be disclosed to provide some predictability for the respective sectors. We would establish an order in which health care instructions would be lightened.

Reducing hospitalizations

Quebec is starting to loosen the containment loop as hospitalizations begin to decline. He hopes the decline will continue over the next few days. On Sunday, there were 12 fewer COVID-19-related hospitalizations, but 33 more cases.

A total of 3,283 people have been hospitalized in Quebec with COVID-19. Currently, there are 272 patients in intensive care, which is 2 people less than on Saturday.

With 33 new deaths, the daily average reached 69, up 32% from a week. We now regret the 12,799 deaths associated with COVID-19 since its introduction in Quebec.

5141 new cases of COVID-19 infection were also registered. Note, however, that the number of cases is no longer a reliable indicator of the progression of the pandemic in Quebec, as access to PCR tests is restricted to certain groups, including healthcare workers.

The average number of new cases in the last 7 days is 5697, down 29.4% from the previous Sunday.

The number of active flashes has slightly decreased from 1625 to 1623.

A total of 34,971 scans were performed on January 21st. The positivity index fell 1.1 percentage points to 10.5%.

At least 75,299 vaccine doses have been administered in the last 24 hours, including 3,755 first doses and 53,800 booster doses.

The proportion of people aged 5 years and older who received their first dose is still around 90%; Of these, 83% received a second dose and approximately 39% received a booster dose.

Nearly 3,800 hospitalizations in Ontario

For its part, Ontario said 3,797 patients are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 and that 604 people are in intensive care.

This is less than a day earlier, when 4,026 hospitalizations were reported in the province. There were 600 patients in intensive care.

Authorities say the numbers do not reflect all hospitalizations, as more than 10% of hospitals do not provide updates on weekends.

The Ontario Health Service is also reporting 57 new COVID-19 deaths.

As for the number of new cases, it stands at 5,833. However, Ontario indicates that the number of new infections is likely higher due to more limited access to screening tests.

A total of 371 long-term care facilities have an active outbreak, up from 368 days earlier.

On January 31, Ontario will reopen restaurant eateries, gyms and movie theaters, limiting capacity and increasing the number of people allowed to hold home meetings.

With Pierre-André Normandin, Pressand Canadian press