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Quebec inmate's death spurs call for action

Quebec inmate's death spurs call for action”

Guilbault also said that people who don't live together need to maintain two meter distance from each other at these gatherings and urged people to wear masks when not at home as much as possible.

"If the contagion restarts, we will have to come back to a pause", he said.

Guilbault noted that Quebec's public health department gave the go ahead to loosen restrictions on the gatherings.

On Thursday, Quebec reported 82 new deaths for a total of 3,800 fatalities since the health crisis began.

Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbeault, public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda and other government officials will be providing an update on the situation Friday afternoon from Montreal.

She says the province has 1,479 people in hospital with the virus, a decrease of 25 patients.

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Of the hospital cases, 183 are now in intensive care which is an increase of just 3 from Tuesday's report.

Quebec's hardest hit region is still Montreal with 22,317 cases.

Quebec remains the province with the highest caseload and death toll related to COVID-19. A Quebec civil liberties group, la Ligue des droits et Libertes, said in a statement Wednesday the 72-year-old inmate's death could have been prevented if authorities had reduced the number of seniors detained in provincial jails.

Guilbault said that a re-opening date for personal care businesses in Montreal and Joliette will follow.

"Despite the impossibility of avoiding any cases of COVID (in provincial jails)", she said, "I consider that, in general, it is going relatively well in the prison network".



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