The fourth wave descends before the beginning of the school year

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is pushing Quebec into a fourth wave, while the situation is likely to get worse as the school year begins in a few weeks.

“I did not expect the number of cases to increase so quickly, that it starts before the start of the study,” admitted Benoit Barbeau, a virologist at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

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On Thursday, Prime Minister Francois Legault confirmed at a press conference that the province is already entering the fourth wave of COVID-19.

In recent weeks, the number of daily cases has increased. As of Thursday alone, 305 new infections have been reported.

It’s been more than two months since Quebec crossed that bar.

However, two weeks ago, many experts said they expect the fourth wave to arrive with the start of the school year at the end of August.

“What surprises me is that we still have a good vaccination rate. It is alarming to see this increase,” said Christian Jacob, president of the Association of Microbiologists of Quebec.

By comparison, only 150 cases were reported on this date last year. However, vaccination has not yet begun.

for dRe Naama Mashouf, epidemiologist, This situation illustrates how contagious the delta variant is.

“The virus has not gone away, it is still present, and it is finding a recipient among unvaccinated people,” she explained. Now it is up to them to be careful. Vaccines are available and free.” Knowing that 90% of those infected in the last week of July were not fully vaccinated, according to the government.

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According to Jacob, we should expect an increase in cases, unless more restrictive measures are rolled back.

In addition, the start of the school year may facilitate the spread of the virus due to internal contacts.

“It might explode, drop dRe seen. We have not yet reached the wave, but in order not to get there, we have to move quickly. “

Dr. added. “School will be a potential catalyst to increase the number of cases”NS Carl Weiss, a microbiologist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.

Currently, 60 infected people are hospitalized in Quebec, including 16 in intensive care.

Daily cases for 10 days

July 25: 70

July 26: 109

July 27: 135

July 28: 132

July 29: 102

July 30: 223

July 31: 149

1He is August : 133

August 2nd: 191

August 3rd: 195

August 4th: 305

Cases are active for 10 days

July 25: 878

July 26: 897

July 27: 952

July 28: 990

July 29: 984

July 30: 1094

July 31: 1131

1He is August : 1150

August 2nd: 1233

August 3rd: 1334

August 4th: 1472

Source: National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ)

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