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Hospitalizations continue to drop as Quebec sees 428 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths

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Quebec reported 428 new infections and three additional deaths linked to COVID-19 as hospital numbers remained on the downswing Thursday.

Pandemic-related hospitalizations dropped by 13 to 274. Health officials say 17 patients were admitted and 30 were discharged in the past day.

Of them, the number of patients in intensive care remained unchanged at 72.

The province administered 12,928 doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine in the past 24-hour period. More than 13.1 million shots have been given over the course of the campaign.

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Quebec’s public health institute reports 90.3 per cent of people aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine while 87.3 per cent are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Health officials say 32,289 tests were carried out Tuesday, the most recent day for which screening information is available.

Quebec’s caseload has reached 421,357. The death toll attributed to COVID-19 stood at 11,458 as of Thursday.

The number of virus-related recoveries topped 405,000.

with files from The Canadian Press

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