Assessment of COVID-19 | 1,271 new cases, nine deaths

The upward trend in COVID-19 cases continues in Quebec, as the province reports 1,271 new cases as well as nine additional deaths on Thursday. In the health network, the number of hospitalizations is also increasing slightly, while vaccination remains stable.

Posted on 1is April 2021 at 11:01 am

Updated at 11:23 a.m.

Henri Ouellette-Vézina
Henri Ouellette-Vézina

Pierre-André Normandin
Pierre-André Normandin

These new data bring to 312,362 the number of people who have been infected with the disease since the start of the health crisis. Of this number, 292,648 Quebecers are now considered recovered, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS).

The 1,271 new cases reported Thursday bring the daily average calculated over a week to 990. The average has increased by 31% over the past week.

A total of 10,676 people have so far died of complications from the virus. Of the nine deaths reported Thursday, two occurred in the Laurentians. Montreal, the Capitale-Nationale, Estrie, Outaouais, Chaudière-Appalaches, Laval and Montérégie also each reported one death. There have been seven deaths per day, on average, in the last week, a figure which has been increasing slightly in recent days.

With its number of cases having practically tripled in just one week, the Quebec City region has now overtaken Montreal, according to the weight of its population. With 261 new cases Thursday, the Capitale-Nationale counts an average of 18.8 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants daily, against 15.7 in Montreal.

However, there are 393 new cases on the island, which represents the highest toll since the end of February. Bas-Saint-Laurent remains the most affected region with 21.5 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by the Outaouais (20.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and Laval (19.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) .

Hospitalizations, vaccine and variants

There is also a slight increase in two hospitalizations in the health network. Currently, 487 patients remain hospitalized in Quebec, 119 of whom are still in intensive care, a decrease of one case in 24 hours.

On the vaccination side, Quebec administered some 41,406 additional doses of vaccine on Wednesday, which is still below the target necessary to achieve the goal of a first dose for all Quebecers wishing to be vaccinated by June 24. . About 16.4% of the population (1,391,649 citizens) has so far received the first dose. And with 1,652,905 doses that have so far been received, the Legault government has a reserve of around 261,250 vaccines.

For its part, the National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ) on Thursday identified 625 new cases of variants identified by screening, for a total of 8,100 so far. Sequencing, which makes it possible to specify the mutation of the virus in question, for its part identified five more cases of variants, totaling 1139. It should be remembered that this process often requires more time and resources, given its complexity, than screening.

With 625 new variant cases reported Thursday, new strains of COVID-19 now represent 49% of all new cases reported daily.

In addition, the number of active outbreaks continues to increase in Quebec, with an increase of 23 outbreaks Thursday, for a total of 733. It should also be noted that all the data cited above are associated with an increase in samples taken. On Tuesday, Public Health carried out 41,053 screening tests, or a little more than 2,000 compared to the day before.

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