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Health Minister urges Quebecers to tighten social circles as COVID-19 cases surge

Last Updated Sep 24, 2020 at 6:56 pm EDT

QUEBEC CITY – Quebec’s Health Minister Christian Dube is pleading with Quebecers to tighten social circles and limit gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The call comes as the province announced 582 new cases and one additional COVID-19 death in the province.

“We are asking all Quebecers… to restrict their private gatherings. It’s very important,” said Dube. “We can break this wave.”

At a news conference in Quebec City on Thursday, the Health Minister confirmed that current community transmission is coming from social gatherings between friends and family members.

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“If we continue this way, we will hit a wall. If we continue with the levels of social gatherings, we will hit a wall. If we make efforts now, it will make a difference.”

Dube is calling on everyone to limit themselves to only what’s necessary, like work and school.

Quebecers should avoid family suppers, gatherings with friends, birthdays, BBQs, weddings, and attending funerals.

He also said that Thanksgiving plans should be cancelled if we hope to see our loved ones at Christmas.

“It is our choice, it’s in our hands, we can all avoid these outbreaks. To avoid them, we need to stay home,” said Dube.