Oops, the variant had already arrived

Oops, the variant has already arrived;

and Nicolas Brasseur MISE & Agrave; DAY

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THE STATEMENT

The parliamentary leader of the Parti Québécois, Joël Arseneau, said during a press briefing on Tuesday that “caution is in order […] as the Omicron virus will certainly reach the borders of Quebec at some point.”

He was responding to a question from a journalist regarding the measures the government was to announce regarding the holiday gatherings.

THE FACTS

Oops, the variant has already arrived;

Mr. Arseneau did not seem to know that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 had already crossed Quebec borders. In fact, on November 29, the Minister of Health announced that a first case was confirmed in Quebec in a traveler returning from Nigeria and residing in Quebec. The Omicron variant, first detected in South Africa in late November, is considered of concern by the World Health Organization.

However, on Monday, the National Institute of Public Health reported issued a statement stating that it was “monitoring” the Omicron variant, and “that there does not appear to be any community transmission” in Quebec.

Public Health is now systematically performing tests to detect cases of this variant in COVID-19 positive travelers entering Quebec. & Nbsp;

On Wednesday, five cases were confirmed, and seven others were 'under investigation. & nbsp; & nbsp;

—Marie Christine Trottier

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The number of the week: 21 & nbsp;%

In a more difficult year 2021, Canadian maple producers raised 11.3 million dollars gallons of maple syrup. This is a decrease of 21% from the previous year, when sugar bushes harvested 14.3 million gallons.

Warm spring temperatures in producing provinces explain this decrease. This is the first time in three years that production has fallen in the country, after two record years in 2019 and 2020.

Quebec, the main producing province, for its part collected 10 million gallons , or 88% of Canada's total production.

—Nicolas Brasseur

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