Coronavirus ‘situation remains worrisome,’ Quebec premier says amid 1,033 new cases, 20 more deaths

Quebec Premier François Legault is concerned about the progression of the second wave of the novel coronavirus  as the number of new cases starts to stabilize but deaths remain high.

“The situation remains worrisome,” he told reporters Thursday.

There were 20 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, eight of which occurred in the last 24 hours. The health crisis has claimed the lives of 6,094 Quebecers to date.

“When we saw 20 deaths, it’s not just statistics,” said Legault. “It’s real people.”

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The province also reported 1,033 new cases, bringing the total to 97,231. More than 82,000 recoveries have been recorded since the health crisis started.

Hospitalizations dropped by 12 to 553 on Thursday. Of them, 101 patients are in intensive care units, an increase of seven from the previous day.

The latest update shows that 26,070 tests were conducted Tuesday. The province has carried out 2,887,226 tests to date.

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