- On Monday, Quebec registered 1,115 people in hospital (an increase of 27 from the previous day), including 53 in intensive care (a decrease of three from the previous day).
- The province reported 1,614 new cases of COVID-19 and one death.
- Since the onset of the pandemic, there have been 959,212 confirmed cases, and 14,325 people were killed.
- The province also reported a total of 18,617,904 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, including 4,886 doses in the last 24 hours.
- 91 percent of the qualifying population in the province (aged five and older) received one dose of the vaccine; 87 percent received two doses, and 53 percent received three doses.
* The new cases are only those reported to the Quebec government. It is believed to be an underrepresentation of the spread of the virus, given the limited availability of PCR tests and the use of home test kits.
* Quebec’s health ministry has announced it will no longer report its COVID-19 numbers this weekend.
As of today, Quebecers who are most vulnerable to serious complications from COVID-19 – seniors over 80, immunosuppressed people and residents of seniors’ homes – can start receiving a fourth dose of vaccine.
Last week, Quebec’s Immunization Committee (CIQ) suggested that the government begin preparing a mass COVID-19 vaccine fourth-dose campaign for the general population that would be launched in the fall.
In a written opinion released Thursday, the CIQ recommended that the government implement a new vaccine strategy aimed at periodically strengthening immunity to COVID-19, while also providing for the ability to respond to a possible emergence of a new variant of concern.
Currently, only 53 percent of the population aged five and older received a third dose of vaccine, according to provincial health data.
Quebec proposes plan to restore health system
Christian Dubé, Quebec’s health minister, will present his plan to revamp the health care system in Montreal this morning.
According to a 90-page document obtained by Radio-Canada last week, the plan includes eliminating mandatory overtime for nurses and changing the way GPs are paid, switching to payment on a per-patient basis .
Some 50 other major measures, ranging from speeding up the processing of paperwork by appointing 3,000 new clerks this year, to changing the way emergency rooms are managed, will be implemented by 2025 to create a more humane and efficient health network, reads the document. .
6th wave is upon us: Quebec top doctor
The province’s director of public health is urging Quebecers to be more cautious in the face of a possible sixth wave of COVID-19.
Dr. Luc Boileau was able to confirm another pandemic wave of infections on Sunday, but said the rise in cases in recent weeks driven by the Omicron sub-variant BA.2 indicates that one is imminent.
He said the BA.2 variant could soon be responsible for at least two-thirds of COVID-19 cases in Quebec.
Despite several regions seeing an increase in cases, including Montreal, Quebec has no plans to reintroduce public health restrictions from previous waves, Boileau said.
The province still plans to eliminate mandatory masking by mid-April.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of odor without a stuffy nose.
- Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
- Sore throat
- General muscle pain.
- Loss of appetite.
If you think you may have COVID-19, ask the government to call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.
To book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the online portal quebec.ca/covidvaccine. You can also call 1-877-644-4545.
You can find information about COVID-19 in the province here and information about the situation in Montreal here.