While a plateau had been maintained in Montreal for several weeks, a very rapid increase in COVID-19 cases is now observed.
The situation is worrying in the metropolis, said Thursday the regional director of public health, Dr. Mylène Drouin, in a press briefing.
In the past 24 hours, Montreal has seen a jump of 648 new cases. Currently, 268 outbreaks are being monitored in Montreal.
Although some neighborhoods, such as Parc-Extension, remain hot spots, this upward trend can be observed throughout the city.
The situation remains tense in Montreal hospitals, as the milestone of 250 hospitalized patients due to COVID-19 has now been exceeded for a few days.
This trend is also growing on a daily basis, according to the President and CEO of the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Sonia Bélanger. The milestone of 300 patients will soon be reached.
Recall that the government of Quebec has also decided this week to cancel about half of the surgeries and appointments scheduled in hospitals in the province to treat patients with COVID-19.
The Christmas gatherings, initially announced by the Quebec government, were also canceled last week due to the still high number of COVID-19 cases in the province. The government is also not ruling out putting the Quebec economy on hiatus during the holiday season in order to limit the spread.