Quebec on Saturday added 28 more COVID-19 hospitalizations, for a total of 692 — the biggest increase since April 7. The number of intensive-care unit stays linked to the pandemic illness climbed by eight to 175.
The province reported a total of 1,537 COVID-19 cases, up by 10 from the day before, as the variant-driven third wave showed no signs of cresting. Four weeks earlier, on March 17, Quebec posted 703 cases.
The death toll from the respiratory disease rose by eight to 10,793.
The Montérégie posted the biggest increase in cases of any of the regions, ratcheting up to 203 from 122 the previous day. Montreal, for its part, declared 375 cases, 20 higher than the day before.
The hot spots of Chaudière-Applaches and Outaouais remained problematic, with cases rising slightly in both regions. Cases declined in the Capitale-Nationale to 205 from 294, but hospital ICUs in the Quebec City region have been overwhelmed in recent days by COVID-19 patients.
Meanwhile, health professionals administered 70,908 vaccines on Friday. To date, 26.8 per cent of Quebec’s population has received at least one dose.
Since the start of the pandemic, Quebec has recorded 335,608 infections and 311,047 recoveries.
On Monday, Quebec will close its border with Ontario as that province proceeds with a more intensive lockdown amid a catastrophic rise in cases and hospitalizations in the third wave.
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