Quebec chided for lack of 'humanity' to homeless

Quebec chided for lack of 'humanity' to homeless

Miller reacted today to the recent death of Raphael "Napa" Andre, a 51-year-old Innu man found dead in a portable toilet not far from a Montreal homeless shelter he frequented.

Opposition Leader Dominique Anglade said on Twitter Thursday that the premier's assertion is false. "We all want to help the homeless, it's complex and it's not the time to divide us, it's the time to work together".

Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is criticizing the Quebec premier's refusal to exempt homeless people from the provincewide curfew.

Nearly 36,000 residents of CHSLDs have now been vaccinated with the first dose out of about 40,000 who live in the province's long-term care homes.

Miller, however, says he sees a sign of hope in the news that Quebec health authorities have reserved 925 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for homeless people.

The curfew is working, Legault said, citing the fact the province's infection rate has been lower over the past ten days compared with the beginning of January, before the health order entered into effect. He said he's waiting to read scientific papers on the efficacy of a single dose before reccomending the province change course.

If Canada allows non-essential foreign travel to continue, the federal government should compel people returning from trips to stay in quarantine hotels, with the bills paid by travellers.

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They are the only EU country to approve the vaccine, Sputnik V, which has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency. The EU has ordered 600 million doses from Pfizer .

Officials say people living in private seniors residences across the province are next in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

At a news conference Thursday, Legault said cracking down on travel overseas will help reduce the possibility of bringing new, more infectious variants of the coronavirus back to the province from resorts where people congregate from all over the world. "When I see the situation in hospitals in Great Britain, we don't want to see that".

Failing to ban worldwide flights, Ottawa should impose a mandatory quarantine at the hotel at the expense of travelers arriving from overseas, argues Prime Minister François Legault. "Right now, the quarantine for these people is not enough of a guarantee for the protection of Quebecers".

Earlier in the day, the Health Department said the number of hospitalizations rose by nine from the day before to 1,500, while the number of people in intensive care declined by five from the previous day, to 212.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec is nearing a grim new milestone as total cases are nearing a quarter million.

The data also showed 55 new deaths, for a total of 9,142.

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