Quebec officials to provide update as coronavirus death toll tops 6,000

Quebec is reporting 969 new cases and 28 additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus pandemic Thursday.

Health authorities say eight of those deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, while 20 were counted retroactively.

The COVID-19 caseload stands at 89,963, the highest in the country. The health crisis has killed 6,005 people to date.

Hospitalizations also went up again. There are five more patients, bringing the total to 493. Of those patients, 83 are in intensive care, an increase of three from the previous day.

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Quebec Premier François Legault is expected to provide an update on the situation Thursday. He will be in Montreal alongside Health Minister Christian Dubé and Dr. Horacio Arruda, the director of Quebec public health.

The address comes as the province continues to see hundreds of new COVID-19 infections every day and hospitalizations continue to rise.

Isabelle Charest, the province’s minister responsible for sports, is also set to speak late Thursday afternoon. She is expected to announce a plan for the sports sectors which has been impacted by restrictions aimed at stopping the virus.

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