More than 10,000 Quebecers have now lost their lives while being carriers of the new coronavirus, this symbolic milestone having been taken on Sunday, on the eve of the relaxation of health measures with the addition of 1081 cases and 32 deaths to the balance sheet of the beautiful province.
It would therefore have taken less than a year – the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Quebec on February 28, 2020 – in Quebec to exceed the milestone of 10,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19. With 10,031 deaths, the province has almost half of the deaths deplored in Canada, which has also exceeded 800,000 infections since the start of the pandemic on Saturday.
In comparison, just over 21,000 Quebecers die from cancer each year, while more than 11,000 patients die from heart disease, data from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec show. . Road accidents killed 333 people in 2019.
According to INSPQ data, 91.2% of patients who died while having COVID-19 had two or more comorbid factors. Barely 2.8% of the victims had no health problem.
More than half of those who died lost their lives in a CHSLD (52.3%), while 20.9% were housed in private seniors’ residences. Almost half of the victims (43.6%) were lodged in Montreal.
Despite the establishment of this sad mark, the daily provincial assessment was all in all positive, Sunday, with a number of new cases down compared to the day before. Hospitalizations (963, -19), including intensive care (158, -1) also continued the downward trend.
“The data for the past 2 weeks are encouraging. Hospitalizations and cases are down and vaccination continues, but deaths still too high. We must continue to follow the measures to reduce contacts, ”commented the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, on his Twitter account, reiterating his call to Quebecers to be screened at the slightest doubt.
This encouraging record bodes well for the reopening of retail businesses deemed non-essential in Quebec on Monday, as well as the transition of six regions in the east and north of the province to the orange zone where, in particular, restaurants. and the gyms will be able to open their doors.
Ontario, for its part, saw its number of new infections rebound to 1,489 on Sunday, but its death toll stood at 22, half as many as the day before.
Hospitalizations also decreased in this province (926, -95). However, the number of patients in intensive care is on the rise (335, +10).
Like Quebec last Tuesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to provide an update on the measures in place in his province on Monday. Ontario is currently under a stay at home order that prohibits citizens from leaving their homes, except for essential reasons, such as work or shopping for groceries.
In the meantime, Ontario authorities warned on Sunday against the temptation to gather to listen to the Super Bowl for fear of witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The situation in Canada:
- Ontario: 278,207 cases (6,505 deaths)
- Quebec: 270,058 cases (10,031 deaths)
- Alberta: 126,416 cases (1,705 deaths)
- British Columbia: 69,716 cases (1,246 deaths)
- Manitoba: 30,158 cases (842 deaths)
- Saskatchewan: 25,209 cases (336 deaths)
- Nova Scotia: 1,585 cases (65 deaths)
- New Brunswick: 1,344 cases (20 deaths)
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 415 cases (4 deaths)
- Nunavut: 299 cases (1 death)
- Prince Edward Island: 113 cases
- Yukon: 70 cases (1 death)
- Northwest Territories: 32 cases
- Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 803,634 cases (20,756 deaths)