Quebec schools and daycares closed for two weeks

Prime Minister François Legault announced Friday that Quebec schools, cégeps, universities and daycare will be closed on Monday for the next two weeks, a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
M . Legault requests the cooperation of child care staff because the government intends to set up a child care system for parents working in the health network, in the police force and in certain services deemed essentials.

The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, believes that it is not necessary for the moment to provide catch-up mechanisms for pupils and students, because the planned closure is only two weeks. He pointed out that the situation had been longer during the ice storm.

Prime Minister Legault has requests for the federal government: he wants his collaboration so that public health directives are explained to all, at airports. He also asked Ottawa to quickly limit the entry of foreign visitors to Canada.

The government adds that it does not foresee any shortage of food.

Citizens should no longer call the Info-Santé 811 line, even if they have symptoms associated with COVID-19. The government is asking everyone to call the coronavirus line 1 877 644-4545.

Health Minister Danielle McCann said Friday the addition of 88 nurses to answer the calls. She ensures that her ministry is active to make the line “more robust”.

A dozen more COVID-19 screening clinics will be deployed over the next few days, including in Saguenay and Estrie.

Teleconsultation medical services will also be phased in over the next week, said McCann.

According to the national director of public health, Horacio Arruda, the 17 confirmed cases are people who have traveled outside the country: as of Friday, in Quebec, there have been no cases of local transmission.

The Prime Minister promises to announce measures soon to provide financial assistance to businesses and employees affected by the government’s measures.

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