Quebec inmate's death spurs call for action

Day camps to reopen June 22

Quebec to allow outdoor gatherings of 10 people from 3 households

Indoor gatherings such as large family dinners are not yet permitted, Guilbault added.

"We'll probably have to put some money to make sure the summer camps are available for all the kids", he said.

The Public Health Department has given the green light for day camps in Quebec to open on June 22 with safety measures in place including smaller groups and social distancing.

Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbeault, public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda and other government officials will be providing an update on the situation Friday afternoon from Montreal.

There were 82 new deaths recorded in the last day bringing the total in the province to 3,800 deaths.

There are now 1,516 people being treated for the virus in Quebec hospitals-a drop of 268 from the previous report of 1,784 on Tuesday.

Of those in a hospital, 183 are in intensive care, up only three from the 180 reported 24 hours earlier.

Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec's director of public health, said "it's nearly impossible" to prevent new infections at camp but "the impact of the cases is going to be low".

Quebec remains the province with the highest caseload and death toll related to COVID-19.

Legault said that it's not likely camps will be able to fill all the available positions, as they will be competing with the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.

Guilbault said about two per cent of Quebec's inmate population has become infected with the virus, including about 60 people at the detention centre in Montreal that housed the inmate who died.

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