Nothing is going well for the Holidays

Nothing goes for the Holidays

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Many Quebecers are canceling their holiday plans in response to calls for caution from government authorities in the face of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

While a week ago, we were delighted to finally be able to reunite with 20 vaccinated people on New Year's Eve, everything collapsed in the last hours.

In just five minutes, a cafe-caterer in an office tower in downtown Montreal lost $ 1,250 in reservations , as office parties were canceled one by one.

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Same scenario for restaurateurs and tour operators who saw their hopes of replenishing their boxes evaporate like snow in the sun, overwhelmed as they are through cancellations.

Bad news quickly accumulates. & nbsp;

First, the Regional Directorate of Public Health (DRSP) of Montreal yesterday recommended to avoid face-to-face celebrations in the workplace and end-of-year parties.

“Before time Holiday season, we must try to slow down community transmission, ”asked Dr. Mylène Drouin, director of the DRSP.

According to federal public health models, Quebec could have more than 3,000 daily cases by the end of the year if the province maintains or increases its transmission levels. & Nbsp;

Already , the provincial death toll rose to 2,386 infections and four deaths as the number of hospitalizations increased.

Stronger measures

In In this context, François Legault no longer excludes limiting the number of days when it will be allowed to gather to 20 at Christmas or even extending the school holidays in the face of the rise of the Omicron variant. & nbsp;

“It would not be responsible for not looking at all the possibilities,” he blurted out on his arrival in Quebec City yesterday for his party caucus.

Ottawa once again called provinces and territories to revise the relaxations related to gatherings.

Ontario has taken the lead on this front by yesterday announcing a 50% reduction in the number of people allowed inside at events sporting and cultural during the Holidays. & nbsp;

While Quebec will send rapid tests to everyone on Monday, the Ontario government will offer a third dose every 18 years and over, thus emulating the United Kingdom, which has mobilized the army and thousands of volunteers for another dose administered on As fast as possible. This country recorded a new record yesterday with 78,610 positive cases in 24 hours.

At the same time, the European epidemic agency called for “strong and” urgent “action in the face of the progression of the Omicron variant, because “vaccination alone will not be enough”.

“I think the planet is not badly in turmoil,” said Dr. Caroline Quach, of the CHU Sainte-Justine. & Nbsp;

Faced with uncertainty, Ottawa maintains for the borders open, but now urges Canadians to travel.

“To people planning to travel, I am saying very clearly: now is not the time to travel,” warned the federal minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos.

Propagation

He explained that Canadians who travel are at risk not only of catching the virus, but also of being stranded abroad due to travel restrictions imposed by more and more countries.

M . Duclos warned that more drastic measures could be imposed at the borders here at any time, even if mandatory airport screening of travelers is still not effective, more than three weeks after the announcement.

< p>In the meantime, the Omicron variant is spreading “at a rate that we have never seen with any other variant,” the World Health Organization has warned, raising fears that more unvaccinated people are affected and are overloading them. the health network.

The first scientific data available on Omicron nevertheless suggests that despite its contagiousness, this variant may well be less virulent than its close cousins.

In Africa South, a study of 78,000 cases concluded that the risk of hospitalization was 29% lower than with the original strain of the virus and 23% lower than with Delta.

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