Quebec public health is reporting under 1,100 new COVID-19 cases for the 3rd consecutive day.
At the end of January, Quebec was averaging 1,405 new cases a day. Over the past week, Quebec has been averaging 1,130 new cases. Today the government reports 1,093.
According to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, 42 new deaths have been added to the provincial total. Of the newly-added deaths, 15 occurred over the past day, 16 between January 28 and February 2, 10 from earlier in January, and one from an “unknown date.”
The number of hospitalizations has also decreased by 36 compared to Wednesday for a cumulative total of 1,070. Among these, the number of people in intensive care decreased by two, for a total of 175 across Quebec.
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Since Wednesday, 2,300 doses of vaccine were administered for a total of 243,955. To date, 256,625 doses have been received.
There are now 266,672 COVID-19 cases across the province, 243,769 recoveries, 9,941 deaths, and 2,571,311 negative tests.
On Tuesday, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that several regions across the province will be loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
As of February 8, businesses, salons, libraries, and museums are slated to open everywhere across Quebec. University and CEGEP students will begin a “gradual” return to physical classes.
Legault said the COVID-19 situation has been “improving” over the past few weeks, which he said is “very encouraging.”
The premier says public health sees a decrease in cases and hospitalizations “almost on a daily basis” and thanked Quebecers for their efforts.
Santé Quebec advises residents to “frequently wash” their hands (for 20 seconds with soap and water), use alcohol-based disinfectant, respect the measures regarding private gatherings, and limit travel as much as possible.
The distribution of deaths in Quebec, by age group, is as follows:
The distribution of provincial cases per age group is as follows:
Canada’s COVID-19 death toll is now 20,443 along with 791,214 total cases.