Quebec COVID-19 case numbers at a deadly level, premier says

Article content continued

Health Minister Christian Dubé said the ministry is better prepared this time, but he still worries the virus will take advantage of tired staff members and find weaknesses in infection-control protocols.

“I sleep very badly these days,” he said, describing how it felt to constantly worry the virus will sweep through long-term care homes like it did in the spring.

Quebec’s long-term care homes are in better shape now than they were at the beginning of the first wave, Dubé said.

“So far, we have managed, not perfectly, to control the epidemic in the CHSLDs, with the exception of four or five CHSLDs where the outbreak is more significant despite the prevention and control system,” he said.

The second wave of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc across the world, not just in Quebec. Legault pointed to the United States, the United Kingdom and France, where hospitalizations and cases are being tallied at even higher rates than Quebec, which remains the hardest-hit province in Canada. Those countries, he said, were having an even more difficult time. But the situation was unlikely to improve in Quebec in the near future, he continued, unless Quebecers double their efforts to reduce their contacts among one another.