The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has increased to 241 total, with 25 new deaths being announced in the past 24 hours.
After offering his condolences to families and loved ones of the 25 victims, Quebec Premier François Legault updated the rest of provincial numbers and revealed that Quebec now has 11,677 known cases and said that 733 are hospitalized, while 186 are in intensive care.
A total of 106,540 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.
“The number of people that are hospitalized and in intensive care is still stabilizing, of course, we continue seeing death and we will continue seeing a death toll,” Legault said.
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“None of us like to see deaths,” he continued in French. “But if we compare results with European countries and the United States, the measures Quebecers have accepted have yielded good results. We are having fewer deaths and fewer hospitalizations.”
The premier says Quebecers are starting to reach the top part of the wave and he assured citizens that the wave is not as high as predicted.
Legault said he has “every reason” to believe we are reaching the peak and thinks Quebec will reach it “over the next few days.”
#COVID19 – Au Québec, en date du 10 avril 2020 à 13h, la situation est la suivante :
11 677 cas confirmés
106 540 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)
733 personnes hospitalisées
Pour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R
— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) April 10, 2020
He referred to Quebec’s public system as “guardian angels” and said that Quebecers as people, have changed habits, day-to-day lives, and have made economic sacrifices for the most vulnerable people in the province.
“Quebecers should be proud that the population as a whole is unified and supports the cause,” he continued. “I remain convinced that we will win this fight that we’re fighting together. The beautiful days are ahead of us.”
Legault says we will be able to “prudently” reopen the economy as the next steps and find a “more normal life.” But, the province would have to approach it with the intelligent habits citizens have adopted over the past few weeks.
Before wishing everyone a safe and beautiful Easter weekend at home, Legault said “slowly, Quebec will be reborn, not the same, but we will have all grown to be stronger.”
Quebec is one of the global leaders when it comes to screening tests, according to the premier, hence the consistent influx of known cases throughout the province.
Legault said that for Quebecers who do go outside, they are to remain two metres (six feet) away from people and are urged to wash their hands when they return to their homes.
Canada’s coronavirus death toll now totals 531.