Quebeckers who have been anxiously waiting for updates of a new lockdown to be released Tuesday have to wait until Wednesday, as Premier François Legault postponed his press briefing.
The province announced on Monday that Legault will hold a rare 5 p.m. press conference on Tuesday. But a second announcement came a few hours later to postpone the public briefing to Wednesday.
La Presse said the premier's announcement was suspended due to the complexity of implementing a “total” lockdown in schools, offices, businesses, and construction. Legault will meet with opposition leaders in the National Assembly, and also discuss the terms with Public Security on Tuesday.
According to the sources from the La Presse, the public health directorate is also supportive of a curfew to be imposed nightly. The specific duration is still under debate, but could start from around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. until the following morning.
On Jan. 5, Quebec has reported 2,508 new cases of COVID-19 and 62 more related deaths. Health officials said 1,317 are hospitalized with 194 people in intensive care, reported the Canadian Press.