Quebec public health is reporting the province’s 18th consecutive day of over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.
Since March 29, Quebec has averaged 1,333 new coronavirus cases daily.
According to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, seven new deaths have been added to the provincial tally. One occurred over the past 24 hours, five are from earlier in April, and one is from an “unknown date.”
Hospitalizations have increased by three since Thursday morning for a total of 664 across the province. Intensive care numbers have increased by eight for a total of 167.
Over the past day, 74,927 COVID-19 vaccines were administered across Quebec for a total of 2,223,775 since the start of the new year.
There are now 334,071 total cases in Quebec, 10,785 deaths, 309,345 recoveries, and 3,198,769 negative cases.
Earlier this week, Premier François Legault said that it is more possible for young people to catch COVID-19 during the third wave compared to the first and second.
“There are young people who have dealt with very serious consequences after catching COVID-19,” he said in French. “Now, the portrait has changed in younger people. There a lot more young people who are hospitalized because of the variants. We have two big months ahead of us.”
Legault said he is grateful for how young people have handled the pandemic and said it is now the health of young people at risk. “Now, you have to be careful with your health. We have 73 days ahead of us before we are all vaccinated, so be prudent.”
Legault says that by June 24, all adults who want the vaccine in Quebec will be able to receive it.
“We have two heavy months ahead of us before a return to normalcy,” he concluded.