Quebec public health is reporting the province’s third consecutive day over 1,000 new daily COVID-19 cases.
It’s the province’s highest daily increase since January 23 when 1,457 cases were announced.
According to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, 1,314 coronavirus cases were confirmed over the past 24 hours.
Public health has added five COVID-19-related deaths to the provincial tally, one of which occurred over the past day and four from earlier in March.
Hospitalizations have increased by 16 since Thursday morning for a total of 503 across the province. Patients in intensive care have increased by two for a total of 121.
Since Thursday morning, 48,507 doses of the vaccine were administered for a provincial total of 1,440,680.
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There are now 313,676 total cases, 10,681 deaths, 293,567 recoveries, and 3,042,527 negative cases.
Earlier this week, 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 have been downgraded to Red Zones as of this past 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 23,002, along with 987,918 total cases.