July 1, 2022

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Infections are on the rise ahead of the Easter holiday

According to some estimates, up to 60,000 cubes per day were affected by covid disease last week, and this number is expected to vary depending on the behavior of cubs at Easter.

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A study by CIRANO, an intergovernmental research center, estimated that between 205,000 and 415,000 people were infected with the virus in Quebec last week.

According to one of the sample methods used, this is 52% higher than the previous seven days.

“It is always very difficult to say whether these increases are caused by a very drastic variation, relaxation of activity, or a decrease in the effectiveness of the third dose,” notes Ingrid Beckneyer, co-author of the study.

However, researchers estimate that 7.3% of Quebec’s population was isolated during this period.

Separately, like other festivals, experts predict that the number of epidemics will increase over the long weekend of Easter.

Be careful at Easter

For the first time in two years of the epidemic, public health did not impose limits on the number of guests for Easter Brunch.

“It simply came to our notice then. We need to make sure that there are many barriers between that and us, ”warns retired virologist Jack Lapierre.

“I fear that people will not respect the means of isolating themselves for 10 days when they are slightly symptomatic or infected with the virus,” says Roxanne Borgas da Silva, a professor at the university’s School of Public Health. Of Montreal.

However, microbiologist Carl Weiss predicts that the epidemic in Quebec has reached or is about to reach the plateau.

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“The [sixième] The tide will be quiet, of course, neither Easter nor Easter, ”said the epidemiologist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.

Dr.  Carl Weiss, microbiologist

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Dr. Carl Weiss, microbiologist

Small impact

The latter recalled that statistics were not the only indicator of the evolution of the epidemic.

“We are talking about a very high prevalence, but it has little impact on the health system as a whole,” he says subtly.

The microbiologist says that about half of the approximately 2,100 patients hospitalized with the corona virus have a secondary diagnosis of COVID-19.

Here is the evolution of the number of weekly Govt cases in Quebec since January, according to a study released by CIRANO, an intergovernmental research center.

Here is the evolution of the number of weekly Govt cases in Quebec since January, according to a study released by CIRANO, an intergovernmental research center.

– With Jeremy Bernier

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