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Quebec records 85 new COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations drop

People leave a large box store in Montreal, Sunday, January 23, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, vaccine passports will be mandatory to enter the large box stores as of Monday. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Quebec reported 85 new pandemic-related fatalities Tuesday, bringing the province’s death toll to 12,936.

Hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 dropped by 21 to 3,278. Of those patients, 263 were being treated for the disease in intensive care units — which remains unchanged from the previous day.

Health officials say 272 patients were admitted to hospital in the past 24-hour period, while 293 people were discharged.

The province also recorded 2,977 new COVID-19 cases. The government says the number of infections is not an accurate representation of the situation since access to testing is limited.

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Since the beginning of the health crisis, Quebec has seen 841,414 cases. The number of recoveries, meanwhile, topped 783,000 in the latest update.

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When it comes to screening, 22,818 tests were administered in government-run testing facilities Sunday.

Quebec’s vaccination campaign issued another 82,197 shots of a COVID-19 vaccine in the past day. More than 17 million doses have been given in the province to date.

Premier François Legault gave an update on the situation Tuesday afternoon, and he announced the loosening of some COVID-19 measures in the next two weeks.

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