Quebec public health is reporting the province’s highest daily COVID-19 increase since the end of January when over 1,300 coronavirus cases were reported.
According to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, 1,271 were confirmed over the past 24 hours, the second day in a row in which over 1,000 new cases were announced.
It’s Quebec’s highest daily increase in 65 days when 1,328 cases were announced on January 26.
Hospitalizations have increased by two since Wednesday morning for a total of 487 across the province. Patients in intensive care have decreased by one for a total of 119.
Since Wednesday morning, 41,406 doses of the vaccine were administered for a provincial total of 1,391,649.
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There are now 312,362 total cases, 10,676 deaths, 292,648 recoveries, and 3,011,509 negative cases.
On Wednesday, Premier François Legault said the government is “very concerned” over a rise in coronavirus cases over the past two days and has reverted three regions to Red Zones.
Outaouais, La Capitale-Nationale (Quebec City), Bas-St-Laurent, and Chaudiere-Appalaches will be downgraded to Red Zones as of Thursday at 8 pm.
The premier said Quebecers can’t exclude that other areas “might be tightened” over the next few days, including Montreal, amid concerns of the COVID-19 variants.
The distribution of cases in Quebec by age group is as follows:
The distribution of provincial deaths per age group is as follows:
Canada’s COVID-19 death toll is now 22,959, along with 982,116 total cases.