The Quebec government has announced three more deaths associated with COVID-19, bringing the province’s death toll to 36.
Before offering additional numbers, Quebec Premier François Legault extended his condolences to the families and loved ones of the new victims.
As part of his daily briefings, Legault revealed that known cases in the province had increased to 5,518.
He also mentioned that 4,871 cases are “under investigation” and 69,024 tests have turned up negative.
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“If we look at the death rates, in percentage of the population, we have much fewer deaths in Quebec than the United States or many countries in Europe,” Legault said in French. “In order for it to stay that way, everyone has to follow the guidelines.”
Quebec is one of the global leaders when it comes to screening tests, according to the Premier, hence the consistent influx of known cases within the province.
Legault continued to praise public health officials and frontline workers, adding that Quebec has enough ventilators, which he called a “huge advantage.”
A top priority for the province remains maintaining the stock of medical supplies and he expects as a whole, the province has enough for “one week.”
“Don’t go outside unless it is absolutely necessary,” he concluded. “I don’t want us to empty the grocery stores but if you can go less often, it’s a good idea.”
He urged Quebecers to keep their distance when going for walks and stressed the importance of washing hands after returning from outside.
“If everyone respects the guidelines, we will save hundreds of lives in Quebec.”
Canada’s coronavirus death toll, as of the morning of April 2, is 131.