Quebec now officially in sixth wave of pandemic, INSPQ says

Public health experts had warned that Quebec’s decision to scrap public health measures in recent weeks could spark a resurgence.

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With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising again, Quebec’s Public Health Institute confirmed on Wednesday that the province has entered a sixth wave of the pandemic.

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The Institut national de la santé publique (INSPQ) said it believes a sixth wave has officially begun.

“We sent a message this morning to the Ministry of Health and Social Services to say that yes, we now believe we are officially in a sixth wave,” INSPQ’s Gaston De Serres told La Presse.

On Sunday, Quebec’s interim public health director had said it was too early to confirm another wave has hit the province.

dr. However, Luc Boileau had warned that pandemic indicators were not moving in the right direction. Among other concerns, Boileau said the number of health care workers sick with the virus had risen 60 percent in less than a week.

Several public health experts had warned that Quebec’s decision to scrap most public health measures, coupled with the more contagious BA.2 subvariant, would inevitably lead to a resurgence. According to the INSPQ, the subvariant now accounts for 65 percent of all cases in the province.

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