Montreal – Montreal has a veneer of normality.
The popular stockist bistros added doubles over steak-frites and poutine. Comedy shows and crossfit classes thrill young people. Shopping spurs, even if equipped with masks and sanitizers.
But it was understood this week that routine life was slowly returning when Quebec, facing a resurgence of coronovirus cases, became the first province in Canada to resume harsh closed measures – including restaurants, cinemas, And closing the theater, and forbidding friends’ home visits. Family, with few exceptions.
“The situation has become critical,” Québec’s chief, François Legault, said on Monday evening that people should rest with their vigilance and priority. “If we don’t want to submerge our hospitals, if we want to limit the number of deaths, we have to take drastic measures.”
The alarm has also shaken Ontario where some cities are posting record case numbers again, and some new, minor restrictions have been imposed, including closing the strip bar and banning the sale of alcohol after 11pm. is.
Epidemiologists attributed an increasing number of cases to inadequate contact tracing; Reluctance to close schools and businesses; And people are degrading their guards. For example, a karaoke bar in Quebec City, Bar Kirouac, was linked to 72 cases of Kovid-19, according to Quebec health officials.
Relaps outlines how Canada, a country with universal health care and a generally disciplined, rule-bound population, is also vulnerable to coronovirus.
On Tuesday, Ottawa, the national capital, reported 105 cases – the most new cases a day since the onset of the epidemic. Now the number of active cases is highest since late April.
Throughout the epidemic, Canada’s epicenter Quebec reported 750 new cases on Monday, bringing the total number in the province to 73,450. In total, 5,833 people have died in Quebec; There have been 9,289 deaths across the country.
Canadians have recently gained some satisfaction in the outlook of a virus-infested country. Most provinces proceeded rapidly in March to close schools and schools. The border with the United States was closed and some provinces limited travelers from other parts of Canada – a ban that is still in effect.
By spring and through summer, many of those measures were relaxed in most parts of the country.
Unlike the hard-hit in the United States, where President Trump has repeatedly clashed with governors for managing pandemic, partisan and regional grievances in Canada, they have largely fallen apart.
Alberta premiere Jason Kenny, a conservative who is often sparse with premieres The more liberal provinces offered surplus masks, gloves and ventilators to Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
Without exception, political leaders have also tricked physicians, scientists and public health experts to inform the nation’s outlook.
While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently been beset by scandals, he has generally been credited for his official handling of the epidemic. Initially, he gave an example when he became the first leader of a major industrialized country to go into self-isolation when his wife, Sophie Grauer Trudeau, tested positive for the virus.
His government has since offered financial assistance to billions of dollars killed by the virus to limit economic losses to businessmen and workers.
But David Buckridge, an assistant professor and public health surveillance researcher at McGill University in Montreal, said that in Quebec, the provincial government did not act fast this time.
“There is so much pressure to sustain the economy that the government was a little slow to do decisive and close business,” Professor Buckridge said. He said some types of businesses should never have reopened.
He also said that although Mr Legaul blamed the increase in cases at private social gatherings, the province’s poor record in contact tracing made it impossible to confirm. Mr. Legault’s analysis, he suggests, may be driven by economic rather than medical considerations.
Health officials and epidemiologists said Quebec’s party culture has helped it be more troubled by the epidemic than in other provinces such as British Columbia and the Atlantic coast of Canada, where the number of cases per capita is much lower.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubey said on Sunday night on a popular television show, “Tout le Monde en Parle”, “We like to party.”
In Montreal, parks in recent weeks have hosted dense groups of young people attending performance nights or sunning themselves. As winter looms, and with the usual diet of summer festivals in the city canceled due to the epidemic, there have been particular urges to have fun. Officials say private underground house parties have also helped ward off the outbreak.
In Quebec, Revilers enjoy mimicking a native daughter, Celine Dion, at Karaoke Nights. But earlier this month, health officials suspended karaoke evenings throughout the province, following an outbreak in Bar Kirouc, Quebec City.
He mentions that the trajectory of respiratory drops when people sing and the sharing of microphones made singing nights possibly fatal.
Under Quebec’s new rules, which go into effect on Thursday, people will be prohibited from inviting houseguests with the exception of individuals who require carer, child care or maintenance services. Museums, bars and libraries will be closed. Churches, synagogues and mosques will be limited to 25 people.
Those gathering outside will also be expected to live two meters or 6.6 feet apart. However, the schools, which have survived dozens of cases of coronovirus, will remain open as gyms, hotels and hair salons.
The new restrictions will be imposed for 28 days and apply to three areas in Quebec, including Montreal.
Last weekend in Ontario, a group of mostly young motorists entered a resort community and commanded their roads for illegal racing. Most of the crowd members did not wear masks or were socially distant. Overwhelmed, the police sealed the city.
Ontario chief Doug Ford said Tuesday that he would order visitors from long-term care homes in the province’s three most populous areas.
The resurgence of cases has affected young people inconsistently, a change from the early days of the epidemic. Dr. David N. Fishman, a professor of epidemiology at the Toronto Dallala Lana School of Public Health, said this could not only be the result of irresponsible behavior, but would also be due to other reasons, including university students and youth. People work in shops and restaurants.
“Many 60-year-old barristas and waiters are not here,” he said, becoming an escape hatch for the government in the context of any restrictions for businesses “due to renewed outbreaks on social ceremonies and irresponsible youth.” Gone.”
Dr. Bakridge said Quebec’s new measures would have any impact on the transition rate, and that the province would probably have to go further.
“There is going to be some 28-day period, unless we change what we are doing in a meaningful way,” he said.