Quebec records 588 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths as hospitalizations rise

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, Quebec is reporting 588 new cases and eight more deaths Tuesday.

Of those deaths, one occurred in the past 24 hours while the others were retroactively added to the tally, according to health authorities.

The novel coronavirus case count has now reached 288,941 while recoveries have topped 271,000. The pandemic has claimed the lives of 10,407 Quebecers — which remains the highest death toll in the country.

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Hospitalizations linked to the virus rose by 16 to 628. Of those patients, 121 are in intensive care, an increase of one from the previous day.

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When it comes to screening, the latest information shows 18,789 tests were conducted Sunday.

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The vaccination campaign saw another 16,458 doses administered Monday as the rollout expands to the elderly members of the general public. So far, 455,328 jabs have been given in the province.

Health Minister Christian Dubé is expected to provide an update on Quebec’s inoculation plan alongside other officials Tuesday afternoon in Montreal.

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