Quebec confirms 121 more coronavirus deaths as cases eclipse 35,000

May 7 2020, 10:58 am

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 2,631 after announcing 121 more deaths since Wednesday afternoon.

As part of provincial daily briefings, Quebec Premier François Legault updated the province’s numbers. Quebec now has 35,238 known cases and 1,836 hospitalizations, 224 of whom are in an ICU.

Currently, a reported 228,905 cases have turned up negative throughout the province.

After announcing plans to delay Montreal’s reopening, Legault highlighted statistics detailing citizens who public health has deemed at “the most risk” of dying from the virus.

“If we look at the 2,631 deaths since the beginning, there are no people who died below 30 years of age,” he said in French. “Ninty-one per cent of people who have died in total are 70 and over.”

While Legault says younger people are at a “lesser risk,” but there is no such thing as zero percent risk. “Maybe it’s close to zero in citizens below 30 but you still have to be prudent and respect the guidelines.”

“It’s not an exact sign but public health says a ‘controlled risk’ is for people who are younger than 70 years old,” he continued. The premier added that people with existing health problems, regardless of age (chronic diseases), should not go back to work.

Legault said the government has increased testing throughout the province and now conducts 37,000 tests per one million inhabitants.

“We used to 6,000 tests per day, by the latest numbers, on May 5, we do a little over 10,000 per day and we’re still going to be increasing it.”

Before allowing Quebec’s President of Treasury Board, Christian Dubé, to announce new benefits for health care workers in the province, Legault stressed the importance of respecting physical distancing guidelines. “If you can’t distance yourself, wear a mask,” he said. “It’s true for daycare educators, grandmothers with grandchildren, it’s important for everyone.”

Canada’s coronavirus death toll now totals 4,404.