The Quebec government revealed that the province’s death toll associated with COVID-19 has increased to 175, with 25 new deaths being announced since Tuesday afternoon.
Quebec Premier François Legault also revealed that known cases in the province had increased to 10,031 (up by 691 from Tuesday) and mentioned that 632 citizens are hospitalized, 181 of whom are in intensive care.
A total of 99,239 cases have turned up negative throughout Quebec.
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According to Legault, 89% of Quebec’s death are citizens who are 80-years-old and over. The premier said the province needs to give more priority to the elders and people need to consider them while keeping up physical distancing guidelines.
“I want us to mobilize ourselves” Legault said in regards to the upcoming Easter weekend, especially to protect the elderly. He said it remains the “top priority” of the government to protect the most vulnerable people in the province.
“No contact, we ask them not to go out. We’re asking people who bring supplies to them to keep two metres away. You can chat over the phone after. It’s very important to keep that distance.”
#COVID19 – Au Québec, en date du 8 avril 2020 à 13h, la situation est la suivante :
10 031 cas confirmés
99 239 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)
632 personnes hospitalisées
Pour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R
— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) April 8, 2020
Quebec is one of the global leaders when it comes to screening tests, according to the premier, hence the consistent influx of known cases throughout the province.
Legault said that for Quebecers who do go outside, they are to remain two metres (six feet) away from people and are urged to wash their hands when they return to their homes.
Canada’s coronavirus death toll now totals 402.