Quebec records 1,502 new coronavirus cases, 66 additional deaths

Quebec is reporting 1,502 new cases and 66 additional deaths Wednesday as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Health authorities say 10 of the newly reported deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the other fatalities have been retroactively added to the death toll.

Hospitalizations linked to the coronavirus health crisis dropped. The number of patients in hospitals across the province stands at 1,467, a decrease of 33 from the previous day.

Of those patients, four more are in intensive care for a total of 216.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé addressed the situation in the province on social media, asking the public to continue abiding by public health measures aimed at stamping out COVID-19.

“For several months, Quebecers have been asked to limit their contacts in order to bring down the number of cases, which will bring down the number of deaths and hospitalizations,” he wrote. “Let’s continue our efforts to fight this virus.”

The COVID-19 caseload, which remains the highest in Canada, has reached 247,236. Meanwhile, recoveries stand at 219,592.

The health crisis has led to the deaths of 9,208 Quebecers since last March. The province’s staggering death toll accounts for roughly half of Canada’s pandemic-related fatalities.

The province gave 28,889 tests Monday, the latest day for which data is available. More than 5.5 million tests have been administered since the pandemic began.

The province will release new numbers for its vaccination campaign later in the day.

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