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Quebec registers 14 new COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations fall by 35

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Quebec recorded 14 new deaths associated with COVID-19 as hospitalizations fell Wednesday.

There were 1,599 patients hospitalized with the disease, a net decrease of 35. This comes following 111 admissions and 146 discharges in the last day.

Intensive care unit cases stood at 48, a drop of six.

The province also registered 728 new novel coronavirus infections. The daily tally isn’t representative of the situation, however, since access to PCR testing remains limited.

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The health department says 14,983 tests were administered at government-run clinics in the latest update.

Another 191 results of rapid tests were added to the province’s online portal. This includes 152 results positive for the virus.

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Meanwhile, 12,370 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given in a 24-hour period. More than 19.7 million shots have been given to date.

The roundup shows 5,245 health-care workers were off the job for pandemic-related reasons, including awaiting test results.

Quebec has reported 1,059,419 official cases and 15,312 deaths since the start of the health crisis.

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