Quebec health officials have added the province’s lowest daily COVID-19 increase since mid-December.
The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux has added 1,634 new cases to the provincial total. Of the newly-added cases, about 200 were added from Sunday due to a “laboratory data delay” from yesterday’s numbers.
Public health also added 32 COVID-19-related deaths to the provincial total. Of the new deaths, nine occurred in the last 24 hours and 23 have occurred between January 11 and 16.
The number of hospitalizations has increased by 31 from Sunday, for a cumulative total of 1,491 across the province. Intensive care numbers increased by two, for a total of 217.
In total, Quebec has 244,348 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 9,087 deaths.
This is the lowest daily increase since December 11, when 1,604 new cases were added.
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Public health also reports 2,431,561 negative cases, with 215,325 being deemed “recoveries.”
The new data was reported by hospitals and public health officials on Sunday, January 18, at 6 pm.
Last week, Quebec Premier François Legault said the virus was “spreading too fast” and is “out of control” in the province.
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 18,038, with 711,197 total cases.