Quebec now has 61 COVID-19 deaths among the 6,101 cases confirmed in the province at 1 p.m. The government announced on Friday.
This is up sharply from the 36 deaths and 5,518 cases reported 24 hours earlier.
Health officials said that not all of these additional deaths had occurred in the past 24 hours; 20 suspected deaths from COVID-19 have been confirmed since yesterday.
One of the Quebecers whose death was recently reported was a Montrealer in his thirties whose condition was exacerbated by obesity, said Horacio Arruda, national director of public health for Quebec.
Friday afternoon, 429 Quebecers were treated in a hospital for COVID-19 (up 64 from Wednesday); 122 of them are in intensive care (up from 26 in the past 24 hours.)
Health authorities have indicated that 231 Quebecers diagnosed with COVID-19 have now recovered.
Montreal remains the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in Quebec, with 2,837 cases – by far the hardest hit region in the province. You can find a full regional breakdown here.
Quebec Premier François Legault has announced that Quebec will provide its longer-term COVID-19 projections – including potential deaths – on Tuesday, as Ontario did on Friday; health authorities are predicting up to 15,000 deaths in the province and public health orders are being followed and up to 100,000 if not.
Quebec continues to have the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada, which, according to health authorities, is the result of the province’s spring break having started earlier than in the other provinces, the increase the number of people tested in Quebec and the fact that Quebec includes presumed cases among its daily count of confirmed cases.
Earlier Friday, Quebec announced that it will inject an additional $ 150 million to help small and medium-sized businesses in the province that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legault also announced that he will take leave on Saturday; he will be replaced during the province’s COVID-19 information session by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety, Geneviève Guilbault.
This is a new development which will be updated.