Quebec reinstates daily COVID-19 reporting after backlash

The Quebec government resumed publishing COVID-19 statistics on Monday.
By: Stewart Wiseman
June 28, 2020
Photo: Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press

The Quebec government has backtracked on its decision last week to end daily COVID-19 reporting. Last Wednesday, the Quebec government announced that they would switch to weekly COVID-19 updates due to falling cases in the province. This announcement was met with widespread backlash in the province's English and French media for the government's lack of transparency and because Quebec remains the epicentre of the pandemic in Canada. By Friday afternoon, the CAQ government declared that they would resume daily public disclosure of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The newly appointed health minister, Christian Dubé, announced that the government's reversal came after listening to the public outcry. "We are listening," tweeted Dubé, and added that the CAQ government will continue to be transparent during the pandemic.

Quebec's director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said on Friday that he was surprised by the strong reaction of Quebecers to the decision to end daily COVID-19 updates. Despite being the province with the highest number of cases and deaths, Quebec would have been the first province to stop daily updates on COVID-19 statistics. New Brunswick has not had a COVID-19 case in five days, yet the New Brunswick provincial government continues to release these statistics daily. When Quebec released their COVID-19 statistics on Monday for the first time since June 25, it was announced that there were 37 deaths since Thursday and 72 new cases in the last 24 hours. Although cases have dropped across the province, Quebec is still very much in a serious pandemic, and publicly available data will continue to allow Quebecers to make vigilant and prudent decisions for their health.

Source: CBC News, La Presse

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