Quebec public health has added 1,043 new COVID-19 cases to the provincial tally, the province’s lowest daily increase of the month.
Public health has reported 15 new coronavirus-related deaths to the tally, six of which occurred over the past day. Nine deaths have been attributed to earlier in April.
Hospitalizations have decreased by 27 since Thursday morning for a total of 684 across the province. Intensive care numbers also decreased by two for a total of 172.
Quebec administered 90,225 COVID-19 vaccines since yesterday’s report for a total of 2,679,907 since December 2020.
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There are now 342,688 total cases in Quebec, 10,860 deaths, 320,302 recoveries, and 3,258,569 negative cases.
As of Wednesday, 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 23,822, along with 1,155,834 total cases.