Quebec is reporting 1,631 new COVID-19 cases and 88 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus as hospitalizations dropped for a third consecutive day.
The Health Department said today hospitalizations fell by 27, to 1,476, and 212 people were in intensive care, a drop of four. Hospitalizations have decreased by 74 over the last three reporting periods.
Montreal health officials say there has been a sustained decrease this month in the number of new cases per 100,000 people, but they warn the situation will remain critical for weeks to come.
The 88 deaths reported today include 18 that occurred in the past 24 hours and 37 that officials say were previously unreported and that occurred between Dec. 6 and Jan. 17.
Health Minister Christian Dube said on Twitter that the number of deaths reported every day in the province remains too high and he called on people to respect public health orders.
Quebec has reported a total of 250,491 infections and 9,361 deaths linked to the virus; 223,367 people are considered recovered.