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State of emergency declared in Montreal as COVID numbers soar

Montreal has declared a state of emergency as COVID cases in Quebec hit their highest...
Montreal has declared a state of emergency as COVID cases in Quebec hit their highest single-day numbers. - File photo(WCAX)
Published: Dec. 21, 2021 at 2:29 PM EST
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MONTREAL (WCAX) - Montreal has declared a state of emergency as COVID cases in Quebec hit their highest single-day numbers.

The previous state of emergency lasted 17 months and was lifted in August.

High vaccination rates and vaccine passports had raised hopes of beating COVID.

The province of Quebec said it reported 5,043 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Data on COVID-19 in Quebec website.

Quebec’s Ministry of Health & Social Services says this represents the highest single-day number of COVID-19 cases there since the pandemic began.

Now, Mayor Valérie Plante, who is infected herself, is pleading with Montrealers to take precautions.

“This is why I speak from the heart to Montrealers when I tell them to be vigilant because it is a very, very contagious variant,” Plante said.

The news comes a day after the province announced new restrictions due to COVID.

Quebec is closing bars, cinemas, gyms and spas because of a record number of coronavirus cases.

Sporting events will be closed to spectators.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé also says restaurants must close nightly by 10 p.m.

Elementary schools and high schools will be closed to in-person learning until Jan. 10, though schools will be used for vaccinations or distributing rapid tests to students.

Remote work will now be mandatory where possible.

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