Quebec records 551 new COVID-19 cases in lowest daily tally since last September

Quebec is reporting 551 new COVID-19 cases Monday in what marks the lowest number of new daily infections in the province since last September.

Authorities also recorded eight more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Two of those fatalities occurred in the past 24 hours, while the six other deaths took place last week.

The vaccination campaign saw another 73,467 shots administered, for more than 4.3 million to date. As of Monday, about 49 per cent of the population has received a first dose.

The province, which has opened appointments to all adults, is also expecting another 1.2 million doses of the vaccine to arrive by the end of this week.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé said on Sunday the province was 85,000 vaccine appointments shy of ensuring that 75 per cent of adults had received at least one dose of vaccine or had booked an appointment to get one.

The number of pandemic-related hospitalizations dropped by seven to 501. This includes 116 patients in intensive care, a decrease of three.

Meanwhile, authorities say 21,925 tests were given Saturday. It is the latest day for which screening information is available.

Since the pandemic started, the province has recorded a total of 363,847 cases. Recoveries, meanwhile, stand at 345,794.

The health crisis has killed 11,042 Quebecers to date. The death toll remains the highest in Canada.

Drive-thru vaccinations underway

Montrealers are also rolling up their sleeves as the province’s first drive-thru mass vaccination site opened to the public Monday.

The clinic, located in the parking lot of the Trudeau International Airport, is expected to administered 360 doses on the first day before ramping up operations.

The initiative allows households to drive up together and get their vaccination at the same time.

By the end of the week, officials say the site will be able to carry out around 4,000 shots per day.

— With files from Global News’ Brayden Jagger Haines and The Canadian Press

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