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Monday, February 26, 2024

Quebec premier tests positive for COVID-19, says he feels okay


Key takeaways: 

  • François Legault says he will perform remotely for five days, as per health laws.
  • Quebec Premier François Legault says on Twitter that there has been a recent peak in cases in the region and urges people to be careful. 

He revealed that Quebec Premier François Legault has tested positive for COVID-19 but is doing okay on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

“This afternoon, I began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. I took a test and got a positive result,” he tweeted.

The premier says he will persist in working remotely for the following five days, by public health guidelines. 

“We see it with the peak in cases recently: the virus is present in Quebec,” Legault said on Twitter. “Let’s continue to be cautious. We’ll get through this together!”

Legault’s statement comes only as Quebec braces for a potential wave in new cases and hospitalizations. 

Quebec’s interim public health director, Dr. Luc Boileau, said that a new round of vaccinations would start next week for some of the region’s most vulnerable. The mask order will remain in impact until mid-April.

Also read: Quebec offers 2nd booster shot to elders for the spread of Omicron subvariant

He revealed that Quebec Premier François Legault has tested positive for COVID-19

Citizens of long-term care and retirement homes will be first on the list to receive another booster by early next week, said Boileau.

He said any Quebecer aged 80 and up would also have access to the latest dose, as will those who depend on in-home care through the public health system.

Boileau said cases and hospitalizations are again at the peak, and the chance of catching and transferring the virus stays high.

“I request you all to be careful,” said Boileau, defining the Omicron subvariant BA.2 as a “game-changer.”

He said the subvariant is 30 to 50 percent more infectious than Omicron, and that’s why cases are growing everywhere.

According to Quebec Public Health, the digit of hospitalizations has gone up by 28 to 1,062 in the previous 24 hours.

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