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Quebec tops 11,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 pandemic, 660 new cases

A health-care worker hands a face mask to people waiting to enter a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Sunday, May 9, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Quebec reached a grim milestone Tuesday of more than 11,000 deaths attributable to COVID-19 as authorities reported 660 new cases and nine additional fatalities.

This includes one death in the past 24 hours, while the other fatalities were retroactively added from earlier in the month to the growing tally.

Hospitalizations related to the novel coronavirus saw a slight drop by three to 540. Of those patients, there are 128 in intensive care units, a rise of five from the previous day.

The immunization campaign saw another 63,042 doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine administered. More than 3.8 million shots have been given since last December.

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Quebec has so far received more than four million doses of the vaccine to date. The province is also getting 458,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé said Tuesday that 50 per cent of the 30-34 age group has booked their first dose. By the end of the week, appointments will be open to all adults.

Meanwhile, the province conducted 22,727 tests Sunday, the latest day for which screening information is available.

Quebec has seen 359,456 infections over the course of the pandemic. The death toll has now reached 11,002.

Recoveries, however, have now topped 340,000.

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With files from The Canadian Press

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