Assessment of COVID-19 in Quebec | 85 deaths, 21 fewer hospitalizations

At a time when Prime Minister François Legault is to announce new reductions in health rules, Quebec on Tuesday lists 85 additional deaths linked to the virus and a further drop in hospitalizations in its health network.

Posted at 11:01 a.m.
Updated at 11:18 a.m.

Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
The Press

These 85 additional deaths bring the daily average to 69. The one-week trend thus remains up by around 14%, but still marks a sharp slowdown in their growth for a few days already.

After an increase of 16 hospitalizations on Monday, the authorities recorded on Tuesday a drop of 21 occupied beds for COVID-19 in the Quebec network, which translates into 272 new entries and 293 more exits. To date, 3278 patients remain hospitalized in connection with the virus, of which 263 are still in intensive care, a figure that has remained stable in the last 24 hours (33 entries, 33 exits).

On the vaccination side, almost 82,200 additional doses were administered during the day on Monday, to which are added 4,290 vaccines given before January 24 which had not yet been counted.

Including people vaccinated outside the province, so far 17.5 million doses have been given to Quebecers.

Vaccination among 5 to 11 year olds, however, continues to progress slowly. Barely 600 children received their first dose on Monday. So far, just over 61% of them have received a dose. Remember that the administration of the second doses in these same young people is progressing more smoothly, with more than 6,500 vaccines given on Monday. More than 10% of 5 to 11 year olds were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.

The 2,977 new cases that Public Health reported on Tuesday bring the daily average to 5,017, a trend that has been declining for some time now. However, it should be remembered that these are not representative of the epidemiological situation due to the limits imposed on screening, which is now reserved for certain groups of the population.

On Sunday, Public Health nevertheless carried out 22,818 screening tests, a relatively stable figure compared to the weekly average.

These new data are made public when Prime Minister François Legault must provide an update on COVID-19 at 2 p.m. He will be accompanied by the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, and the new acting National Director of Public Health, Dr.r Luc Boileau. A series of reductions could be announced, according to information from The Press, including the reopening of restaurant dining rooms under certain conditions and the resumption of sport among young people from January 31.

The reopening of performance halls could take place the following week, on February 7. In a press briefing on Monday, the Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, had affirmed that the green light from Public Health could arrive “fairly quickly” on this plan, but she had however refused to commit to a timetable. or even to evoke a date.

With Pierre-André Normandin

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