Quebec Premier François Legault will hold a news conference this afternoon to address the resignation of the province’s director of public health.
Dr. Horacio Arruda, a key leader in the province’s pandemic response, tendered his resignation Monday, and Legault’s office tells The Canadian Press the premier accepted it. Legault is set to speak at 1 p.m. ET.
On Monday, Quebec reported 2,554 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 — a new pandemic high — as well as 248 intensive care cases. The province has reported 11,966 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Arruda wrote in a letter dated Monday that his office has offered public health opinions and recommendations amid uncertainty and based on the best available knowledge and various expert opinions. But he acknowledged there was a “certain erosion” in public support for health measures.
“In such a context, I consider it appropriate to offer you the possibility of replacing me before the end of my term of office.”
Arruda’s contract was renewed for three years in August 2020.
In recent weeks, the province has brought back several stringent health measures, including a curfew for a second year in a row, amid rising infections and hospitalizations.
Radio-Canada has reported that Arruda will be replaced by Dr. Luc Boileau.
-From The Canadian Press, with a file from CBC News, last updated at 7:10 a.m. ET
What’s happening across Canada
With lab-based testing capacity deeply strained and increasingly restricted, experts say true case counts are likely far higher than reported. Hospitalization data at the regional level is also evolving, with several provinces saying they will report figures that separate the number of people in hospital because of COVID-19 from those in hospital for another medical issue who also test positive for COVID-19.
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You can also read more from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which provides a detailed look at every region — including seven-day average test positivity rates — in its daily epidemiological updates.
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