The Quebec government announced 14 new COVID-19 deaths Saturday, bringing the province’s death toll to 75.
The province now has 6,997 confirmed cases, an increase of 896 from Friday.
Quebec Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault made the announcement in a press conference Saturday.
“I wish to offer in the name of the entire government, sincere condolences to all the loved ones and family members of those people who have died,” said Guilbault.
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There are 478 people currently in hospital in Quebec, and 130 of them are in intensive care.
“Behind those numbers are people who are suffering. Families who are worried. So it is difficult to be able to talk about these numbers on a daily basis,” said Guilbault.
Yesterday, the province’s death toll also jumped significantly, with 32 new deaths announced in one day.
Quebec Premier François Legault did stress that while the numbers have increased drastically in 24 hours, the “vast majority” are not deaths within the past day but instead, deaths that have been confirmed as coronavirus-related that were “under investigation” from weeks prior.
The Premier affirmed yesterday that Quebec is one of the global leaders when it comes to screening tests, hence the consistent influx of known cases throughout the province.
Guilbault also added in the press conference Saturday, that the province is not only leading in testing, but also in terms of social distancing measures.