Quebec records 2,511 new coronavirus cases in record high as health crisis deepens

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As the pandemic continues to gain steam, Quebec is reporting a new daily record of 2,511 new cases of the novel coronavirus Wednesday.

There are 41 additional deaths. Health authorities say 10 of those deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the others have been retroactively added to the province’s staggering death toll.

The COVID-19 caseload stands at 199,822, while recoveries have topped 170,000. The health crisis has led to the deaths of  8,165 Quebecers to date.

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Hospitalizations also continued to climb Wednesday, as they have in recent weeks. The number of patients in hospital stands at 1,211, an increase of 80 from the previous day.

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Of them, there are four more people in intensive care for a total of 152.

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Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé says hospitalizations have continued to soar as the uptick in cases and deaths continues. He warned earlier this week that the situation in some hospitals is critical.

“The sacrifices we are asking Quebecers for the holiday season are to help us control this second wave,” he wrote on social media.

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When it comes to screening, 28,541 tests were administered Monday. Since March, the province has given more than 4.8 million tests.

Quebec also vaccinated 2,739 additional people Tuesday, the latest day for which that information is available. The province’s campaign has led to 25,315 vaccinations so far.

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With files from The Canadian Press

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