Legault came back to the death of a homeless man, Raphael André, whose body was found in a portable toilet on the weekend. "Even if the number of cases is decreasing, as long as the number of hospitalizations is going to be that high, we can not think, in the coming weeks, that we will reopen everything and that we will be able to allow contacts", said Legault in a press conference.
He credited the 8 p.m. curfew for the decline in cases.
"The police do not have fun giving tickets to homeless people for nothing", said the Prime Minister, reiterating his confidence in the police.
"I ask Quebecers to be patient", he said. "We all want to help the homeless, it's complex and it's not the time to divide us, it's the time to work together", he said.More news: Street in Delhi to be named after Sushant Singh Rajput
Earlier today, the Quebec government said it will set up a 150-bed shelter for homeless people who have COVID-19 but who do not need to be hospitalized.
In explaining the seriousness of their concerns, Quebec's public health officials have pointed to other countries such as the United Kingdom, where a variant that's circulating in the country is responsible for a spike in cases and in hospitalizations.
The curfew is working, Legault said, citing the fact that the province's infection rate has been lower over the past ten days compared with the beginning of January, before the curfew.
Public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda said he's aware of reports from Israel suggesting one dose provides significantly less protection than the two doses required by vaccine manufacturers.More news: Ronaldo Has Yet To Break All-time Scoring Record, Czech FA Claims
Trudeau has urged travellers to avoid and cancel all non-essential travel, and warned Canadians this week that the rules around travel could change with no notice, but Ottawa hasn't banned non-essential travel. Legault said he's particularly anxious that people travelling to resorts in warm destinations could catch the highly contagious COVID-19 variants and bring them back to the province. Intensive care numbers increased by four, for a total of 216.
Quebec showed 1,386 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of people infected to 245,734, of which 217,575 have now recovered.
Legault said the majority of current COVID-19 hospitalizations in Quebec can be found in the Greater Montreal area, roughly 1,100 of the 1,400 total. Legault says he's concerned that people travelling to popular vacation destinations will bring back new variants of COVID-19.More news: Person learning resumes for students in KFL&A next week