Quebec orders 8pm curfew beginning Saturday

MONTREAL (AP) – Quebec’s premier announced yesterday that he is imposing a provincewide 8pm curfew beginning Saturday as a way to curb surging coronavirus infections and hospitalisations.

The province will become the first in Canada to impose a curfew for addressing the pandemic. More than 8.4 million people live in the French-speaking province.

Premier Francois Legault said despite the fact that schools, stores and many other businesses have been closed since December, infections and related hospitalisations continue to rise. Too many seniors are ending up in hospital after becoming infected in private homes, he said.

“We are obliged to provide a type of shock treatment so that people reduce their visits,” he told reporters.

A paramedic stands next to an ambulance outside a hospital in Montreal. PHOTO: AP