Canadian Army deployed in Quebec as COVID-19 cases increase

Canadian troops were dispatched to support Quebec’s vaccination campaign, as the state reported. 15,000 new COVID-19 cases January 3rd.

Announced by Minister of Public Security Bill Blair On twitter On January 3, he said the decision was made after the state requested assistance.

“After Quebec’s request for federal assistance has been approved, Canadian Army personnel will begin deploying today to support the state’s vaccination campaign,” Blair wrote.

“Our officials continue to assess what other federal resources can be used to help the state fight COVID-19.”

The Pentagon said in a statement that up to 200 military personnel were deployed at the Montreal immunization center.

“For now, troops are deployed only in the region of Montreal,” said Defense Minister Anita Anand, spokesman Daniel Minden.

This announcement was made before Quebec extended the eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine booster to all adult populations on January 4.

Anyone over the age of 18 can be booked for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in January according to a new deployment schedule determined by the age group.

Quebec people over the age of 55 are eligible from January 4th, but the minimum age requirement to get a booster shot is gradual in 5-year increments for the rest of the month.

Quebec Government Prioritizes Booster Shots Among Other Public Health measures Introduced to combat highly contagious variants of Omicron.

Quebec has postponed students’ return to face-to-face lessons as follows: January 17 And revived Curfew It came into effect on New Year’s Eve, delaying the increase in incidents.

On January 2, the state renewed the curfew, allowing Quebecs to walk their dogs within a 1km radius of their permanent or temporary residence during the restricted time period from 10 pm to 5 am. I did it.

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Police will stop and question women at the start of the curfew in Quebec, which aims to help stop the increase in COVID-19 infections in Montreal on December 31, 2021. (Canadian Press / Peter McCabe)

Omicron has been found to be more contagious than the previously identified COVID-19 mutant, but Canadian public health officials are paying attention to the evidence. Demonstrate Symptoms are milder than in previous variants, with significantly lower hospitalization and mortality rates.

While Omicron variants have pushed COVID-19 numbers to record highs around the world, hospitalizations have been reduced so far in countries that experienced outbreaks before Canada.

Denmark, which detected the first Omicron case in late November 2021, reported 1,280 cases as of mid-December. This represents 4.5% to 5% of all COVID-19 cases in the country.

By January 4, 2022, the Danish National Institute of Infectious Diseases reported A total of 18 people died From 55,691 Omicron cases enrolled between 21 November and 28 December 2021.

January 3 Bloomberg reported Danish officials say the surge in Omicron cases peaked by the end of January and the country will be a “better place” by March.

This has been repeated by the Canadian public health authorities. On January 3, Ontario’s chief health doctor, Kieran Moore, predicted at a news conference that hospitalization rates would increase rapidly over the next few weeks, “maximizing by the end of January and then starting to decline.” Said that there was.

Canadian Press contributed to this article.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.