The number of hospitalizations across Quebec has decreased for the second straight day.
At this time last week, Quebec had 1,368 hospitalizations across the province. As of February 3, hospital numbers have decreased by 158 and have now settled at 1,106.
The number of Quebecers in ICU has decreased for seven straight days, down from 212 last week to 177 today.
According to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, 1,053 new cases have been added to the provincial total over the last day, along with 37 new virus-related deaths.
Of the newly-added deaths, nine have occurred over the past day, 18 between January 27 and February 1, nine from earlier on in January, and one from an “unknown date.”
Since the last report, 590 doses of vaccine were administered for a total of 241,546 across Quebec.
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There are now 265,579 COVID-19 cases across the province, 242,692 recoveries, 9,899 deaths, and 2,563,267 negative tests.
On Tuesday, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that several regions across the province will be loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
As of February 8, businesses, salons, libraries, and museums are slated to open everywhere across Quebec and university and CEGEP students will begin a “gradual” return to physical classes.
Legault said the COVID-19 situation has been “improving” over the past few weeks, which he said is “very encouraging.”
The premier says public health sees a decrease in cases and hospitalizations “almost on a daily basis” and thanked Quebecers for their efforts.
Santé Quebec advises residents to “frequently wash” their hands (for 20 seconds with soap and water), use alcohol-based disinfectant, respect the measures regarding private gatherings, and limit travel as much as possible.
The distribution of deaths in Quebec, by age group, is as follows:
The distribution of provincial cases per age group is as follows:
Canada’s COVID-19 death toll is now 20,280 along with 787,589 total cases.