Second wave: yes, Quebec is doing better

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Premier François Legault said on Tuesday that Quebec was doing better than other countries, before announcing new restrictions during the holiday season to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“When we compare ourselves with the United States, when we compare ourselves with most of the countries in Europe, we see that in the second wave, among others, if we take the figures from the 1er September, we are doing better on just about every indicator than elsewhere in the world, “he said.


Mr. Legault is right, Quebec is generally in a better position than Europe and our American neighbors.

We calculated the number of coronavirus cases and deaths recorded from September 1 to December 14 in Quebec, the United States and European countries with more than one million inhabitants using data from the European Center for Prevention and of disease control and the INSPQ.

If we compare with the size of the population, the majority of countries have a higher rate than the 1,229 cases per 100,000 inhabitants recorded in Quebec since the beginning of the fall.

This is the case, for example, in France (3132), the United Kingdom (2273) and Italy (2610). For the death rate, Quebec fares better than 29 out of 41 countries analyzed. However, some states are doing better than the province, such as Finland and Norway.

– Sarah Daoust-Braun

Number of the week: 64%

This is the percentage of mothers who said they were primarily responsible for home education during the pandemic.

In an article published this week by Statistics Canada on the impact of COVID-19 on parents, we learn that 64% of women who responded to the survey consider that they are mainly responsible for teaching at home or helping children to do their homeworks.

For men, this percentage is 19%.

The article’s findings indicate that the closure of schools and daycares has tended to increase parenting, more often done by women.

The presence of more men at home would have promoted a better distribution of responsibilities, but the majority of the tasks remained in the hands of women.

– Philippe Langlois

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