Quebec announces 84 more coronavirus deaths as cases near 25,000

Apr 27 2020, 10:28 am

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 1,599, after announcing 84 new deaths since Sunday.

As part of his daily briefings, Premier François Legault updated the provincial numbers, stating that Quebec now has 24,982 known cases and 1,581 hospitalized patients, 123 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 175,190 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

After offering his condolences to family members and loved ones of the new victims, Legault said the province remains in “two worlds,” the difficult situation in long-term care home (CHSLDs) and the “rest of Quebec.”

“Of course, our priority remains with the residences of long-term care homes and I sincerely wish to thank Quebecers who answered my call for help this past weekend. We received 11,000 and we are confident that with those people, we will be able to help in the homes of the elderly.

Legault says the reinforcements is a “weight off” his shoulders and reflects the courage of Quebecers.

The premier said the situation in hospitals is “under control” and beds that are being used are being occupied by people who have been given the green light to return to CHSLDs but wants to keep them there given the long-term home situation.

“Of course, that was the most important decision to fill before even considering reopening schools and businesses,” said Legault.

Legault announced the province’s plans to reopen schools throughout Quebec on May 11 and May 19 in the Greater Montreal and Laval areas.

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.

Canada’s coronavirus death toll now totals 2,197.