Quebec reports 68 new COVID-19 deaths, over 7,000 cases on Friday
On Friday, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux reported 68 new virus-related deaths.
Public Health has also added 7,382 new COVID-19 cases over the past day. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the province has now reached 783,102, and the death toll is 12,193.
There are 3,085 people hospitalized in the province, an increase of 91 compared to Thursday.
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The total number of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients has increased by three over the past 24 hours, totalling 275 across the province.
Over the past day, 114,721 COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the region. Since December 2020, 16,195,112 total vaccines have been distributed in Quebec.
On Thursday, premier Francois Legault confirmed that the province’s nightly curfew, which has been in effect since December 31, 2021, would be lifted on Monday, January 17.
He also addressed the Quebec government’s Tuesday announcement about a new initiative to charge unvaccinated people in the province a “health contribution.”
Legault says the exact amount has not been decided, and he won’t charge adults who have a valid medical exemption.
When asked whether this type of fee is legal and how much fines could be, Legault neglected to respond to the legality of the new initiative, only covering how much the fines could be.
As of January 14, Quebecers 18 years old and up can book booster shot appointments via the Clic Santé website — only if they have already received their second dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine at least three months prior.
Public Health promised not to impose passport modifications before everyone has the chance to receive a third vaccine dose.