Quebec Premier Francois Legault had some advice to those who feel stressed amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: have a glass of wine.
With the entirety of the province on a virtual lock down until at least May 1, Legault justified his province's stance on keeping liquor and beer stores open during the global crisis.
"I think some people, unfortunately, need some alcohol, so I don't want to bring those people into the healthcare network. And I think that, also, to reduce stress, you need to do some exercise, so have a walk. But sometimes, a glass of wine may help," said Legault, holding back a grin.
La Belle Province isn't particularly known for its sobriety. According to Statistics Canada, Quebec is the biggest consumer of alcohol by pure volume.
According to 2013 figures, Quebecers drank 144 litres of alcoholic beverages, per person. Quebec is also the largest consumer of red wine, falling behind only British Columbia for whites.
Quebec Feels Confident
An outdoor clinic opened in Montreal's Place des Arts in the city's core is able to test between 2,000 and 2,500 people a day for coronavirus without appointments.
The test centre is staffed by 125 health care workers, with tests being done entirely outdoors as to reduce the spread of infection. Nearly 1,000 tests with appointments are also being conducted at the nearby Hotel-Dieu hospital.
The province also says they have over 4,000 hospital beds for the coming wave of patients. On Tuesday, Quebec reported 385 new coronavirus cases, putting the provincial total at just over 1,000.
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