(Quebec) Curfews will be rescheduled to 9:30 pm in Montreal and Laval on Monday, and elementary schools will reopen in Quebec and parts of Chodier-Appalachians. But this relaxation of health restrictions is overshadowed by the announcement of the death of a Quebec resident due to cerebral thrombosis after being vaccinated with AstraZeneca.
“I am sad that a healthy 54-year-old woman has died due to vaccinations. It is difficult to accept, ”Prime Minister François Lego told a press conference on Tuesday. “In the end, I think this is a calculated risk. But when you think about this woman, her family and loved ones, I express my condolences to them, it is difficult. ”
According to the national director of public health, D.R Horatio Arruda is the first recorded death in Canada due to the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is restricted to those 45 years of age or older.
“This is a rare event and we knew it could happen,” he said, recalling that the risk is 1 in 100,000. More than 400,000 people have received the AstraZeneca vaccine – three people with thrombosis are “pending.” …
DR Arruda reiterated that the vaccine “will save more lives”, which is the risk that the virus is infected. “But in this case, it’s a sad story,” he said.
In a written statement sent to the address Click on, MUHC confirmed “death of a person in one of the hospitals, possibly related to the AstraZeneca vaccine.” “However, tests to confirm this possibility are ongoing. For privacy reasons, we have nothing more to add at this time. ”
According to DR Arruda, it is “quite possible” that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires one dose, is also reserved for 45 years and older because it is associated with the same level of risk of thrombosis as AstraZeneca. … Awaiting the opinion of the immunization committee. Doses from Johnson & Johnson are expected soon.
For Prime Minister François Lego, Quebec is “winning the battle with the third wave.”
He says he has “cautious optimism.” “We are exiting the tunnel, but we must be careful not to be hit by a train,” he said. “There is still a little way to go in the tunnel.”
He limited himself to announcing “some relaxation”, because, in his words, one should go there “gradually.”
According to him, the postponement of the curfew is justified by the epidemiological situation in Montreal and Laval. The “expected explosion” has not happened, the number of new infections is declining, and there is “room for maneuver” in hospitals. It has “improved significantly” in Capitale-Nationale, allowing elementary schools to be opened. Students from the Chaudière-Appalaches section will also return to class on Monday – with the exception of Bellechasse and Beauce-Etchemin, where infections are high.
As for the rest, in the regions of the “dark red” zone, the effect of emergency situations was extended for the fifth week.
Thus, in Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais, secondary schools and secondary businesses will be closed until 9 May. The curfew remains at 20:00.