COVID-19 in Quebec | 228 new cases, marked decrease in hospitalizations

(Montreal) The downward trend in COVID-19 continues in Quebec. The province recorded 228 new cases and four additional deaths on Saturday, while the number of hospitalizations fell again and the vaccination continued its momentum.

Posted on June 5, 2021 at 11:01 a.m.

Updated at 13:12

Henri Ouellette-Vézina

The 228 new cases reported Thursday bring the seven-day daily average to 265. The trend has been declining significantly for several weeks now. The four additional deaths are spread over four distinct regions, each of which has one death, namely Bas-Saint-Laurent, Mauricie – Center-du-Québec, Montreal and Chaudière-Appalaches.

The daily average of deaths over a week remains stable, around four now, which is in itself lower than the six recorded daily a week ago. A total of 11,150 people have so far died of complications from the virus. Note that two deaths were removed from the cumulative after the epidemiological investigation revealed that they were not attributable to COVID-19.

In addition, the situation continues to improve in the health network. The number of hospitalizations fell from 307 to 283 on Saturday, a drop of 24 compared to the day before. The same goes for intensive care patients: their number has dropped from 67 to 64 (-3) in the last 24 hours.

Another encouraging sign: the number of active cases has increased from 3,215 to 3,014, according to data from the Institut de la santé publique du Québec. In raw data, all regions of Quebec are currently below the threshold of 100 new cases.

The island of Montreal and Laval, which will leave the “red” alert level on Monday, have 66 and 15 new cases respectively. In the orange zone, the authorities are reporting 38 additional cases in Chaudière-Appalaches, 29 in Montérégie, 14 in the Laurentians, 12 in the Capitale-Nationale, 11 in Outaouais, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean and Mauricie – Center-du -Québec, seven in Estrie and Lanaudière and three in Bas-Saint-Laurent. For its part, La Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which will switch to the green zone on Monday, reports only one new case.

On Thursday, a total of 22,961 samples and 23,640 analyzes were carried out, a figure relatively stable compared to the weekly average. The positivity rate is 1.1%. There has also been a notable drop in 36 outbreaks in Quebec, for a total of 420.

Vaccination at a good pace

The pace of the vaccination campaign is not slowing down. On Friday, nearly 93,000 doses were administered, in addition to 1,400 vaccines given before June 4 that had not yet been counted and more than 10,000 doses that were administered outside Quebec.

More than 5.46 million Quebecers have so far received their first dose, which constitutes 64% of the overall population, according to government data. Just over 547,000 people have also already received their second dose, which accounts for just over 6% of the province as a whole.

With more than 6.5 million doses received in total, the Legault government still has a comfortable reserve of over 500,000 doses for the rest of the campaign. As of Monday, people 80 years and over will be able to advance their appointment for the second dose. The other age groups will follow in the days and weeks of June.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) also specified that 9,100 doses of Moderna were delivered on Friday, which completes the entire order expected this week.

As of Friday, the National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ) for its part identified 7,479 cases of variants confirmed by sequencing and a positivity rate of 91.1%. The B.1.617 variant, which emerged in India, still accounts for a minority of these infections, but worries around the world, especially in England. Quebec currently has 28 cases of this variant, 16 of which are in Montreal.

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