Quebec saw another jump in COVID-19 infections with 902 new cases reported on Thursday and five additional deaths.
Since the start of the health crisis, Quebec has tallied 443,548 infections and 424,930 recoveries.
The number of active cases has now surpassed the 7,000 mark with 7,047 infections.
Hospitalizations decreased by one in the last day, with 210 patients being treated for complications linked to the virus. Of those, 45 are in the ICU.
Quebec’s immunization efforts continue with more than 13.5 million doses of vaccine administered, including 16,218 shots in the last 24 hours.
Quebec began vaccinating kids between the ages of five and 11 on Wednesday.
Since Tuesday, when registration began on the Clic-Santé portal, more than 143,000 appointments have been booked, according to a tweet by Health Minister Christian Dubé posted Wednesday evening.
As of 9 a.m. Thursday, health officials said 163,000 appointments had been booked.
The province’s goal is to have roughly 650,000 of eligible children in that age group vaccinated with one dose of a pediatric vaccine by Christmas.
The latest data provided by Quebec’s public health institute shows that 79.8 per cent of the population has received at least one dose.
The death toll attributable to the virus in Quebec now stands at 11,571.
— With a file from The Canadian Press
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