The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has increased to 216 total, with 41 new deaths being announced in the past 24 hours.
After offering his condolences to families and loved ones of the victims, Quebec Premier François Legault updated the rest of provincial numbers and revealed that Quebec now has 10,912 known cases and said that 679 are hospitalized, while 196 are in intensive care.
A total of 102,463 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.
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“The number of deaths is important, it goes along the lines of our predictions,” said Legault in French. “We have a few days left of getting to the peak. We are expecting to see more fatalities before we reach the peak, unfortunately.”
The premier continued to say that the hospitalization rate and the number of people in ICU “lines up exactly” with their predictions and the stabilization of hospital cases is “good news.”
Legault added that 90% of the COVID-19 fatalities in Quebec are within citizens who are 70-years-old and older. He says 9% are between the ages of 60 and 69. “It means on the one hand, it’s reassuring for the younger people, but it also shows us where we have to put our attention.”
He included himself in that example, saying that at 62, he has to remain diligent with the guidelines.
#COVID19 – Au Québec, en date du 9 avril 2020 à 13h, la situation est la suivante :
10 912 cas confirmés
102 463 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)
679 personnes hospitalisées
Pour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R
— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) April 9, 2020
Legault didn’t give a timeline for when small businesses in Quebec could open but said it was important to first reach the peak which he predicted would come in a “few days.” He said when businesses do reopen, it will still be important for the youth to be “very careful” and not go close to the elderly.
For the upcoming Easter weekend, the premier urged citizens not to go see their parents and grandparents and said a phone call should suffice.
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 462.