© Reuters. Police and private security maintain quarantine orders in the Hasidic Jewish Tosh community of Boisbriand
By Allison Lampert
MONTREAL (Reuters) – With more than half of Canada’s coronavirus cases, Quebec has become the country’s epicenter for the pandemic and could run out of some equipment in a week after missing an early opportunity to control the outbreak.
The spring school break, a popular travel week, took place in the first week of March in Quebec, earlier than many other Canadian provinces. But Quebec did not have broad social restrictions in place and thousands of returning travelers went back to schools and work.
It was on March 12, days afterward, that Quebec asked people coming back from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days and canceled large indoor gatherings.
By then, a single wedding gathering in Montreal had led to multiple new cases in the province in addition to the hundreds of…