Quebec confirms 112 more coronavirus deaths as cases near 34,500

May 6 2020, 5:35 pm

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 2,510 after announcing 112 more deaths since Tuesday afternoon.

As part of provincial daily briefings, Quebec Deputy Premier Genevieve Guilbault stood in for Premier François Legault to updated the province’s numbers. Quebec now has 34,327 known cases and 1,840 hospitalizations, 213 of whom are in ICU.

Currently, a reported 220,604 cases have turned up negative throughout the province.

Guilbault said the government is setting up a “new investment” of $41 million to help Quebecers suffering from mental health as a result of the pandemic.

“I would like to take this opportunity to address all those people dealing with mental health,” she said in French. “Do not hesitate to ask for help, it’s just as important as your physical well-being. We are here for you.”

The Deputy Premier says when it comes to the gradual reopening of schools and daycares, “we won’t be opening them to full capacity, obviously.”

She said both they will be operating at 30% before going ahead “progressively” in the coming weeks.

Adding that “we’re faced with an exceptional situation that comes with exceptional consequences.” Guilbault is asking Quebecers to place themselves in “solution mode” and said we can all expect “small logistic difficulties.”

Guilbault said the government has established that the risk for catching the virus is for those 70 years old and higher.

“The possibility of developing complications is much less significant below 70.”

She said people younger than 70 without preexisting health conditions can go back to work, but stressed the importance of respecting physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Canada’s coronavirus death toll now totals 4,111.

DH Montreal StaffDH Montreal Staff

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