Montreal public health on alert in the face of the rise in COVID-19 cases

The Montreal health network will be put to the test in the coming weeks. No less than 3,668 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded Thursday in the metropolis. Authorities report that if hospitals are overflowing, some emergencies could close their doors 12 hours a day so that their staff can be reassigned to hospitals in need of employees.

“One in five people who come for a screening test is positive,” said Montreal’s regional director of public health, Mylène Drouin, in press briefing. This is unheard of. And there is certainly an underestimation of the reality because many people fail to make an appointment for screening. Rapid test cases are not necessarily declared. “

Cases are exploding in the metropolis, especially in central neighborhoods, such as Petite-Patrie, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Mile-End, Villeray, Montreal downtown and Hochelaga. “Young adults, through social contact, have become infected,” said Dre Drouin.

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