COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in several regions of Quebec, including Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Capitale-Nationale, and Montreal, where infection numbers exploded on Saturday.
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Quebec explains that the “slowness” of the computer system at the time of data entry would explain why the number of cases per day rose to more than 2,000. So on Friday 1,345 cases and 28 deaths were reported, while on Saturday there were 2,031 infections and 48 deaths. which is high for the number of cases since the start of the pandemic.
“That explains a bit of catching up. Even more worrying, however, we have been seeing gradual growth in several regions over the past two weeks, affecting several large regions of Quebec. So things are not going in the right direction, said LCN Gaston De Serres, an epidemiologist at the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).
On the same air, Health and Social Welfare Minister Christian Dubé drew attention to the contamination of the community and recalled that “the solution is in the hands of every Quebec.”
“We have to limit contacts. […] People are fed up, we have been in this pandemic for nine months, but unfortunately there are no other solutions, he said.
“We have intensified our activities in shopping centers: keep your distance, go as little as possible, order online, avoid traveling. People listen less, they did a lot, but on the eve of Christmas we feel relaxed – he added. Maybe people are thinking about the vaccine, it’s true the good news is coming, but we’re not there yet. “
304 new cases were reported in the Quebec City region, a significant jump from the previous days when 119 to 186 cases were recorded from November 29 to December 3.
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean also reports a six-day peak of cases, with 137 additional infections announced on Saturday. The number of cases ranged from 63 to 117 in the previous days.
The number of patients has also skyrocketed in Montreal, with 630 new cases on Saturday, much more than the previous days (between 373 and 453).
“Today it does not look good, I am in contact with M.me Plante, because we have another briefcase to do in Notre-Dame Street, ”said Minister Dubé.
It’s the same in Montérégie, where 263 cases were recorded on Saturday, much more than in the previous six days when the numbers hovered between 111 and 196.
Laval is also growing, with 166 cases on Saturday. In the previous days, the number of infections was around 72 minimum and 136 maximum.
80 new people in the hospital
Quebec hospitalizations fell to 754 in Quebec, down from seven. “When we see that the number of hospitalized people decreased by seven, it is because today 80 returned and 87 left. Today 80 new people returned to the hospital, this is how our health system is affected, hence the pressure,” said the Minister of Health.
The death toll is also increasing, which is not good news.
“The number of deaths we have in Quebec is absurd,” said De Serres. At the beginning of autumn, we were promoted among the youngest, under 60 years of age. There we still have epidemics in private homes for the elderly, less often in CHLSD, but in short, the elderly are affected and therefore we have the following mortality. ‘