Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec confirmed cases climb above 31,865

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec has 31,865 confirmed cases
Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec has 31,865 confirmed cases

Quebec has 31,865 confirmed cases. The increase from yesterday includes 892 new cases and 1,317 cases from last month that hadn’t yet been tabulated because of a technical problem.

Another 69 people have died, bringing the total death toll to 2,205

Quebec will increase testing to 14,000 a day, including randomized testing.

A mobile testing clinic in Saint-Michel is now open to residents showing symptoms.

The president of the association representing Quebec’s emergency room doctors says he is “relieved” to hear the health minister admit the Montreal area is not yet ready for deconfinement.

Dr. Bernard Mathieu says the health-care network is overwhelmed in the region, and it is unclear if metropolitan Montreal has reached the peak yet.

The city has about half of the province’s 31,865 confirmed cases of the virus, and several Montreal-area hospitals have seen outbreaks.

That includes Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, where Mathieu works in the ER.

He says that he’s yet to see a decrease in hospitalizations.

“On the contrary, we see our needs increase each day,” he said. “This is not the time to have more sick people in hospitals.”

He said the situation in the province’s emergency rooms, however, does seem to have improved from last month.

As of Sunday morning, only two ERs in the Montreal area were at more than 100 per cent capacity: Lakeshore General Hospital at 103 per cent, and the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal at 110 per cent.

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