Quebec reports almost 1,100 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths

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A Quebec woman, 54, has died from a blood clot in her brain after she received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, marking Canada's first death linked to the shot. As Mike Armstrong reports, health officials insist the vaccine's benefits continue to outweigh the rare risks – Apr 27, 2021

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, Quebec is reporting 1,094 new cases and 12 more deaths Wednesday.

The vaccination campaign saw another 50,312 shots given for more than 2.9 million to date. The province has also now opened appointments to anyone who is pregnant.

Hospitalizations related to the novel coronavirus dropped by 24 to 643. This includes 161 patients in intensive care, a decrease of nine from the previous day.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé took to social media to say that the province is closely monitoring the pandemic’s progression, especially in regions where cases are on the rise.

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He was also cautiously optimistic about the latest hospital numbers.

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“We are starting to see a drop in hospitalizations, especially in the Capitale-Nationale,” he wrote. “This is definitely not the time to relax our efforts.”

When it comes to screening, authorities say 40,379 tests were administered Monday, the latest day for which that information is provided.

The caseload, which remains one of the highest in the country, stands at 347,690. Recoveries, meanwhile, have now topped 326,000.

Over the course of the pandemic, 10,908 Quebecers have died. However, the death toll was changed Wednesday after an investigation found two previously reported fatalities were not related to the pandemic.

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