Families who have lost loved ones to the virus are pleading with Quebecers to respect health measures if they do not want to experience painful grief such as the one they wear at Christmas, when the number of infections peaked yesterday.
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“If I go see relatives and don’t know I’m passing the virus, I’ll have it on my conscience the rest of my life […] And to say goodbye to my cellphone, I don’t feel like going through this again, ”witnesses Frédéric Morin, whose father, Pierre Morin, lost to COVID-19 in May. past.
Despite repeated calls by the government to avoid assemblies and respect social distance, the province recorded a new record on Saturday with 2,031 new daily infections and 48 deaths.
In Montreal alone, there are 630 new patients and a dozen people have lost their battle against the virus.
For the 34-year-old father, the population must wake up completely before losing a loved one in turn, while Quebec has more than 13,000 active cases of COVID-19, according to the public National Institute of Health.
“Even if the deaths build up, there is a kind of carelessness. I find it common. My dad won’t be there at Christmas! She said.
According to him, the government did well to cancel the assemblies to give respite to the guardian angels, having found themselves at the forefront of their hard work before his father’s death. “They work hard and don’t stop. I think this is a respect we should have for the healthcare system. People on the frontline didn’t get many breaks, ”he said.
Although Deborah Ward would like to welcome her loved ones during the holiday season to pay a one-off tribute to her mother, Doris McCall, who lost her life in early April, the Bouchervilloise continues to respect the measures. to the letter.
“My mum wanted people to unite, for people to laugh, or to experience their emotions together, and we couldn’t do that. We don’t control anything. Even if that requires us to draw on our reserves of the other’s good faith and conscience, we are not in an individualistic society ”, she underlines.
What is worrying is that less concerned citizens are passing on the virus to more vulnerable relatives. “Often at Christmas, we bring together many generations. If misfortune strikes, and as a Christmas present, Aunt, Uncle, Aunt holds COVID-19 … It’s not fair to us that it’s necessary [respecter les mesures], it’s for others, ”insisted the mother.
“We must collectively join hands – not physically do it, there! – to help himself and stop the second wave, ”said Mr Morin, noting that he will spend a” quiet “Christmas with his two young daughters, punctuated by Facetime calls.
A computer problem would have slowed data entry further, leading to a higher toll on Saturday, due to holding cases unaccounted for.