Quebec Health Ministry to stop publishing daily coronavirus data

Jun 25 2020, 5:40 am

Quebec’s Health Ministry will stop publishing its daily COVID-19 data, and will instead focus on a weekly report.

The Province’s daily updates have included known cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and ICU numbers. They’ve also broken down data by area, borough, age, sex, and outbreaks in long-term care homes.

Starting on July 2, the ministry said it will publish and share its data in one single report every Thursday.

Though the ministry will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Quebec, officials say the numbers are “stabilizing,” making a weekly report of data necessary and still informative.

For almost every day since mid-March, Quebec Premier François Legault has been providing COVID-19 daily briefings from Quebec City.

The number of weekly press conferences has subsided in the past two weeks since the government announced its newest deconfinement phase, which included the opening of restaurants, gyms, arenas, houses of worship, beaches, and concert venues, among other sectors.

As of June 24, Quebec has 54,937 known cases of the virus, 5,441 deaths, 500 hospitalizations, and 520,227 negative cases.

The INSPQ (Institut national de santé publique), Quebec’s health research institute, will continue to provide daily COVID-19 numbers.