COVID-19 deaths in Quebec climb to 150, but the number of intensive care patients remains stable

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MONTREAL – There are now 150 Quebecers who died from COVID-19, and the number of confirmed cases in Quebec has reached 9,340, health officials announced on Tuesday.

This is an increase of 29 from the 121 deaths reported on Monday and 760 from the 8,580 cases reported in the province 24 hours earlier.

Tuesday afternoon, 583 Quebecers were being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, reported health officials, up from 50 of the 533 reported Monday; 164 of them are in intensive care, the same number said the day before.

The Premier of Quebec, Fran├žois Legault, said that the stable number of Quebecers in intensive care was a very encouraging sign, since the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care is seen as a strong indicator that physical distance and other public health orders operate.

However, Legault – as he does on a daily basis – urged Quebecers not to abandon these measures simply because they see a glimmer of good news in the daily figures that Quebec publishes,

He said this is particularly important with religious holidays such as Easter and Passover in the coming days, occasions which often gather large numbers of people to celebrate.

In a lighter moment, Legault – speaking directly to children in Quebec – said that he added the tooth fairy to the list of essential services in Quebec and that the tooth fairy was immune to COVID-19.

Montreal remains the region hardest hit by COVID-19, with 4,470 cases on Tuesday; you can find a full regional breakdown here.

Health authorities also announced Tuesday that 720 Quebecers who had contracted COVID-19 have now recovered; that’s up 109 of the 611 recoveries reported on Monday.

The province’s regular update on Tuesday will be followed by another press conference by Quebec health officials at 4:15 p.m., during which Quebec will release its longer-term COVID-19 projections for the province.

* This update will be broadcast live on CTVNewsMontreal.ca. *

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