Advertisement

As cases jump, Quebec ready for fourth wave of COVID-19: premier

Click to play video: 'Pilot project underway in Quebec to test COVID-19 vaccination passport'
Pilot project underway in Quebec to test COVID-19 vaccination passport
WATCH: The Quebec government has just launched the first pilot project to test its vaccine passport app in a sports bar in Quebec City. The government plans to conduct pilot projects over the next two weeks to help businesses that will be required to check passports test out the new application. Raquel Fletcher reports. – Aug 11, 2021

Quebec reported 365 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday amid an uptick in cases and hospitalizations in the province.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said the government is continuing to monitor the rise in pandemic-related indicators closely and he encouraged people to book their vaccination appointments if they haven’t already.

“It is important to continue to get vaccinated to stop this increase,” he wrote on Twitter.

The latest daily tally brings the total case count to 380,038 while recoveries have topped 366,000 since the health crisis began.

One additional fatality related to the novel coronavirus was recorded, bringing the death toll to 11,242.

READ MORE: Quebec vaccine passport plan to start in September, won’t include retail stores

Pandemic-related hospitalizations rose by five to 67. This includes 22 patients in intensive care units, which represents an increase of four in the past 24 hours.

Story continues below advertisement

The vaccination campaign saw another 37,233 doses of the vaccine administered since the last report, bringing the total to more than 11.5 million shots given in Quebec.

Get the latest Health IQ news. Sent to your email, every week.

The province’s public health institute says 84.9 per cent of Quebecers 12 and older have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 72.6 per cent deemed adequately vaccinated.

Dubé said 11,000 appointments for a first shot of the vaccine were made Tuesday.

“It’s not too late to go get your first dose,” he said. “The clinics are still open and continue to offer first doses. We have the vaccines.”

Meanwhile, health authorities say 18,274 tests were conducted Monday, the most recent day for which that information is available.

Click to play video: 'Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccination passport will be needed in bars, restaurants, gyms and more'
Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccination passport will be needed in bars, restaurants, gyms and more

Quebec ready for fourth wave

Quebec Premier François Legault said the province doesn’t intend to make vaccination mandatory for workers, including teachers or school staff, but it is considering a vaccine mandate for health-care workers.

Story continues below advertisement

The province is ready for a fourth wave, he added.

“The main reason we’re ready is that 84 per cent of Quebecers have received at least one dose,” Legault said at a market in Quebec City.

“And we hope this figure will increase … we hope with the announcement of the passport, people will decide to get the vaccine.”

The province began on Wednesday testing a vaccine passport that will be required as of Sept. 1 to access non-essential services such as bars, restaurants, gyms and festivals.

Click to play video: 'Quebec officials explain decision to eliminate classroom bubbles amid Delta variant spread'
Quebec officials explain decision to eliminate classroom bubbles amid Delta variant spread

with files from The Canadian Press

Sponsored content

AdChoices