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The 10 p.m. curfew in Quebec will be lifted on Monday

MONTREAL – The 10 p.m. curfew in Quebec will no longer be in effect as of Monday, January 17.

“Experts tell us that the new cases have reached a peak,” announced the premier of Quebec, François Legault, during a press conference Thursday on the reopening of schools, joined by the brand new director of public health Luc Boileau and the Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge.

“It means that the measures we put in place have worked.”

The daily case count has been largely opaque following new measures restricting PCR testing to certain high-risk groups earlier in January.

The positivity rates, however, have slowed considerably. On Thursday, the province’s positivity rate was just under 16%, about half of what had been recorded a week earlier, when it exceeded 30%.

Hospitalizations have increased dramatically as a result of Omicron’s explosive wave in Quebec, and the worst is likely to come, the premier said.

“We have to be very careful. The number of hospitalizations is still very high and may continue to increase over the next few days,” he said, predicting that hospitals might know their admission rates sooner. higher this weekend.

– This is breaking news. More details to come.