Health officials in Quebec recorded an additional 131 fatalities, raising the province’s death toll to 3,351.
Those fatalities are among the province’s 40,724 total cases after 793 new patients were identified, marking Quebec the first to surpass the 40,000-case mark.
There are now 10,829 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 359 since Wednesday. Of the province’s 1,834 hospitalizations (down by 42), 190 are in intensive care (a decrease of four).
Montreal’s COVID-19 epidemic continues with 20,633 cases and 2,154 fatalities, increase of 401 and 91, respectively.
Premier François Legault said on Thursday that Montreal won’t reopen its elementary schools on May 25, and will instead wait for the new school year in September.
The decision to delay the reopening of some Montreal businesses has yet to be made, and is still scheduled for May 25. Daycares in Montreal are now scheduled to reopen June 1. The rest of the province’s elementary schools, daycares and businesses started to lift restrictions May 11. High schools, CEGEPS and universities around the entire province are still scheduled to reopen in the fall.
As of its last update, Quebec has performed 267,311 negative tests for COVID-19 to go along with its positive diagnoses.