Quebec public health has added over 1,200 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations have surpassed 700 across the province.
According to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, 1,217 new coronavirus cases have been added to the provincial tally over the past day, along with six new deaths.
Of the newly added deaths, one has occurred over the past day and five from earlier in April.
Hospitalizations have increased by 22 since Tuesday morning for a total of 716 across the province. Intensive care numbers have increased by one for a total of 178.
Over the past day, 54,410 COVID-19 vaccines were administered across Quebec for a total of 2,503,910 since December 2020.
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There are now 340,397 total cases in Quebec, 10,838 deaths, 317,338 recoveries, and 3,247,868 negative cases.
As of today, all Quebecers aged 45 and older can book their first AstraZeneca dose.
Quebec Premier François Legault made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon and stated that the “AstraZeneca vaccine is very safe and effective.”
“If you’re 45 and older, hurry up,” said Legault in French. “Go make your appointment, and you can get vaccinated.”
Legault says he is “pleased” with the province’s vaccination plan and says Quebec has vaccinated the greatest portion of the population in the country besides Saskatchewan.
In regards to who’s permitted to get vaccinated first, Legault says he believes the government has made the right choice to start with Quebecers who are at the greatest risk. He says since public health is vaccinating “more than other provinces,” it gives them the opportunity to “respect a certain order.”
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 23,713, along with 1,139,043 total cases.