Quebec announces 83 more coronavirus deaths as cases eclipse 25,000

Apr 28 2020, 10:55 am

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 1,682, after announcing 83 new deaths since Monday afternoon.

As part of his daily briefings, Premier François Legault updated the provincial numbers, stating that Quebec now has 25,757 known cases and 1,625 hospitalized patients, 217 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 178,715 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.

Legault says there are “two worlds” in Quebec, deaths in long-term care homes and “everybody else,” which he specified as people at home, not in CHSLDs.

The premier says excluding long-term residences, the death toll is “relatively low.” He says in the past two weeks, numbers have been ranging from 8 to 10 deaths daily (excluding CHSLDs). “It is that plateau in two weeks that is allowing us to say the situation is under control, except in CHSLDs, we have to move forward gradually to avoid a sudden surge in the curve.”

After updating the numbers, Legault announced that “some businesses” throughout Quebec will be opening throughout May, starting with the retail, construction, and manufacturing sectors.

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 2,766.