The Legault government announces that it will soon release heavy artillery to quell the transmission of COVID-19 in four Montreal neighborhoods where the too high number of cases worries the authorities.
“There is a problem that persists in certain neighborhoods of Montreal […] This is where we want to act, with mobile clinics and random tests, in schools, or elsewhere, in clinics, “Prime Minister François Legault said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
However, it was not possible to get more details from the Direction de la santé publique de Montréal on Tuesday on when and how exactly this deployment could be implemented.
These are the neighborhoods:
– Saint-Léonard – Saint-Michel,
– Ahuntsic – Montreal-North,
– North of the Island – Saint-Laurent,
– Rivière-des-Prairies / Anjou / Montreal-Est.
These places have an active COVID-19 case rate of more than 450 per 100,000 inhabitants, which is more than anywhere else in Quebec.
“The first thing I ask is that it is even more important, if you have symptoms, to get tested,” Legault asked residents of these areas.
Of these four neighborhoods, the most affected is by far that of Saint-Léonard – Saint-Michel, with a rate per 100,000 inhabitants of more than 600 active cases, according to data reported by the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec ( INSPQ).