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Quebec sees second daily drop in COVID-19 numbers with just 1,092 new cases Monday

MONTREAL —
Quebec saw another significant drop in new COVID-19 cases on Monday, recording just 1,092 new infections.

For most of the last week and a half, the daily count has hovered around 1,500 cases. 

Sunday saw a decrease with just 1,344 new infections, the lowest in a week and a half. There was also a drop in hospitalizations for the first time in days.

Monday’s numbers continued that trend, and the seven-day average now stands at 1,437 cases per day.

There was also a significant drop in active cases, 597 fewer, according to Quebec’s public health institute. There are now 12,852 active cases in total across Quebec.

Other numbers weren’t quite as encouraging, however. Fifteen new deaths have been reported, including two in the last 24 hours, 11 between April 12 and April 17, and two at an unknown date.

One death has also been removed from the province’s total count when it was found to be not attributable to COVID-19.

Hospitalizations also increased slightly, by three, to a total of 686 people. There are eight more in intensive care, for a total of 183.

In the last day reported for testing, Saturday, 33,753 tests were done, the province reported. The positivity rate on Saturday was 3.5 per cent, down from the recent high of 5 per cent on April 6.

VACCINATIONS

On Sunday, Quebec administered 40,433 doses of vaccine, significantly down from the record highs of over 70,000 per day from last week.

That brings the total doses administered to 2,399,934, out of a total number of 2,836,485 doses shipped to Quebec so far.

The province noted in its daily statistics announcement that it’s expecting 230,490 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, and that 18,960 doses of AstraZeneca are still “in transit” in the health-care system.

This is a developing story that will be updated.



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