Assessment of COVID-19 | 1,609 new cases, nine deaths

Quebec observed a significant jump in the number of COVID-19 infections on Thursday, fueled by the strong transmission in the Capitale-Nationale, when there were 1,609 new cases and nine additional deaths. In the health network, the number of hospitalizations is once again on the rise.

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 11:02 a.m.

Updated at 12:50

Henri Ouellette-Vézina
Henri Ouellette-Vézina

Pierre-André Normandin
Pierre-André Normandin

The 1,609 new cases bring the daily average calculated over a week to 1,292. Despite nine additional deaths, five of which occurred in Montreal, three in the Capitale-Nationale and one in Bas-Saint-Laurent, the daily average remains at six. A total of 10,718 people have so far succumbed to complications from the virus.

Public Health recorded a further increase of 23 hospitalizations compared to the day before. So far, 566 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, 132 of whom are still in intensive care. That’s an increase of nine cases in 24 hours. Note that the number of hospitalizations has increased by 79 in the past week, an increase of 16%.

With 436 new cases reported in the Capitale-Nationale Thursday, the region now has a rate of 38 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This is significantly more than the 370 cases reported in Montreal on Thursday. The metropolis thus remains on a plateau with 16.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Neighboring Quebec, the Chaudière-Appalaches region reported 179 new cases Thursday, for an average of 27.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The Outaouais, which is also under close surveillance, continues to experience a strong upward trend. With 165 new cases, its daily average stands at 33 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Half of the new cases reported Thursday are in the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais, or 780 out of 1,609.

“The last time that Quebec had more than 1,600 cases, it was January 21 (1,802 cases)”, recalled on Twitter the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, stressing that the last summit in the Capitale-Nationale was of 310 cases, on December 4. ” This [hausse] is worrying, we must continue to respect the measures. At the same time, we are vaccinating, ”explained Mr. Dubé.

Almost 20% of Quebecers vaccinated

Meanwhile, vaccination continues to advance, while Quebecers 55 years and over have since Thursday the opportunity to be vaccinated without an appointment with the AstraZeneca vaccine. In Montreal and Quebec, queues were seen at dawn, around 4:30 a.m.

Quebec has administered an additional 47,769 doses on Wednesday, for a total of 1,685,046 to date. Thus, approximately 19.6% of the population received their first dose. With 2,358,095 doses received so far, the Legault government currently has a reserve of just over 673,000 vaccines.

In addition, “71,600 additional doses of AstraZeneca are expected” Friday, said the MSSS in a press release, specifying that “159,940 of the 339,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines received earlier this week were delivered to the regions”. “The others are still in transit,” we add.

In the Outaouais, the vaccination campaign has increased the pace in recent days, but the region remains much less vaccinated in Quebec; only 16.6% of its population received a first dose. Quebec carried out 45,901 screening tests on Tuesday, the highest in the past seven days.

The National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ) reported Thursday 1,141 new cases of variants by screening, for a total of 13,177. The Capitale-Nationale has 2,971, or 390 per 100,000 inhabitants. There is also an increase in two active outbreaks, for a total of 915. Almost 52% of these outbreaks come from workplaces.

Projections on the rise

The National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS) warned Thursday of a possible “increase in new hospitalizations over the next two to three weeks” in the province. In regions other than Montreal, “the projected increase, combined with the downward revision of the number of beds designated COVID-19, reduces the room for maneuver of certain establishments”, we note. “Although only 20% of regular beds and 30% of intensive care beds designated for COVID-19 patients are currently occupied, projections suggest that hospital capacities, particularly in intensive care, could be reached within the next three years. weeks. ”

In Montreal, the situation seems more stable. Rather, the Institute suggests “maintaining the current occupancy rate” of regular and intensive care beds in the next three weeks. No overrun is foreseen either. About 30% of regular beds and nearly 50% of intensive care beds are currently occupied in the metropolis.

“In recent weeks, the profile of hospitalized cases has changed markedly. While patients aged 70 and over accounted for 60% of hospitalizations in January, their proportion fell to 30%, ”also analyzes INESSS.

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