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Quebec records 984 new cases, 25 deaths as coronavirus crisis continues

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Quebec is seeing a drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations but health officials caution that new variants could derail progress. – Feb 11, 2021

Quebec is reporting 984 new cases and 25 additional deaths related to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic Friday.

Health authorities say four of those fatalities took place in the past 24 hours, while the others have been retroactively added to the growing death toll.

Over the course of the health crisis, the province has seen a total of 274,831 cases of COVID-19. Meanwhile, recoveries have surpassed 254,000.

The death toll, which remains the highest in Canada, stands at 10,173. A death that was previously attributed to the virus was removed from the tally following an investigation.

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Montreal topped 100,000 cases Friday. It remains the region with the most new, daily reported infections in Quebec with 432 cases. The city has recorded 4,434 deaths linked to the virus.

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Hospitalizations linked to the virus remain on the downswing in the province. There are 849 people in hospital, a drop of 25 from the previous day.

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Of them, six fewer patients are in intensive care for a total of 137.

As the number of new cases and hospitalizations continue to drop, Health Minister Christian Dubé says the province is seeing a decrease in surgery delays.

“It is thanks to the collaboration of all Quebecers that we can gradually resume surgeries,” he wrote on Twitter.

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The latest screening data shows 33,587 tests were conducted Wednesday for more than 6.2 million since the pandemic began.

Vaccinations continue to ramp up. Health authorities say 7,927 doses were given Thursday in Quebec. A total of 280,612 doses have been administered since December.

With files from The Canadian Press

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