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March 11, 2021 – Federal and provincial government update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Here is an update on recent decisions and actions by the Canadian and Québec governments in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remembering the victims of COVID-19

The Québec government held a solemn ceremony on the National day of remembrance for the victims of COVID-19 in front of the Parliament Building, one year to the day after the World Health Organization announced that the coronavirus pandemic had become a global pandemic.

Premier François Legault gave a brief speech in front of guests who were selected among the loved ones of the 10,503 people who have died from COVID-19 in Québec, as well as a few ministers, senior officials and healthcare workers.

While stressing that Quebecers have been admirable in dealing with adversity, Premier Legault honoured the memory of “all those who were taken from us much too soon.” He also paid homage to healthcare workers, calling them “heroes who deserve the recognition of the entire province.”

The Québec flag was at half-mast at 1 p.m., and one minute of silence was observed in remembrance of those who have died.

Tribute to the memory of Canadians who have lost their lives

Parliamentarians in the House of Commons also held one minute of silence in remembrance of the 22,363 people who have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid homage to them in an official statement. “They are no longer with us, but they remain in our memory.” He also paid tribute to healthcare workers and essential workers.

All Canadian flags flew at half-mast on federal buildings.