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Quebec surpasses 700 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations jump

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Quebec reported 703 new infections and one additional death tied to the COVID-19 health crisis on Thursday as hospitalizations remained on the upswing.

Health officials say 25,737 doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine have been doled out since the last update, including 23,737 in the past 24 hours. The province has given more than 12.5 million shots over the course of the inoculation campaign.

The province’s public health institute says 88 per cent of residents 12 and over have received at least one dose of vaccine and 82.5 per cent are considered adequately vaccinated.

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The number of pandemic-related hospitalizations rose by 20 to 198. This includes 70 patients in intensive care, a drop of one compared to the previous day.

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Quebec’s Health Department reports that 31 people were admitted to hospital Wednesday while 11 COVID-19 patients were discharged. It says that 21 of the new admissions were either not vaccinated or had received their first dose less than 14 days earlier.

When it comes to screening, 25,410 tests were given Tuesday. It is the most recent day for which that information is available.

Since the start of the pandemic, the province has recorded a total of 395,155 cases. The death toll has reached 11,297.

In Quebec, 378,021 people have recovered from the virus to date.

with files from the Canadian Press

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