The provincial government has announced three more deaths associated to COVID-19, bringing Quebec’s death toll to 25.
As part of his daily briefings, Premier François Legault revealed that known cases in the province have spiked to 3,430.
6,200 cases are “under investigation” and 56,285 tests have turned up negative.
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Despite Quebec’s increased cases, Legault says the province’s hospitalization rate remains “stable” and the number of people requiring intensive care is only “slightly” increasing.
The premier also announced that grocery stores throughout Quebec will close on Sundays throughout April in order to give overworked employees a break.
Montreal’s confirmed cases have spiked to 1,612 – the highest in the province – followed by the Estrie region at 329, and the Montérégie area at 289.
According to Santé Quebec, “the significant increase in confirmed cases is explained by the fact that since March 22, 2020, cases tested positive by hospital laboratories are now considered confirmed. They no longer need validation by the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ).”