“The good days are coming”, promises the Premier of Quebec as the cases of coronavirus increase and the number of intensive care drops


The Premier of Quebec has taken a cautiously optimistic tone by announcing that the province is approaching the peak of the new coronavirus pandemic when the number of cases reaches 11,677, but the number of patients in intensive care has dropped.

“What I want to say today is courage,” said François Legault during his daily briefing on Friday. “The hope is there. The good days are coming. “

The province recorded 25 additional deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number to 241.

The disease resulted in 733 hospitalizations. As of Friday, 186 people were in intensive care, 10 fewer than the day before.

“What we are seeing is the number of people in hospitals and intensive care is stabilizing,” said Legault.

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The Quebec government is focusing its efforts on six long-term care facilities (CHSLDs) where the situation is critical, he added. Legault stressed that the priority is to protect the elderly, since the majority of the victims are over 70 years old.

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Legault also admitted that there will always be deaths in the coming days, especially in homes for the hard-hit elderly, before the situation improves.

Coronavirus outbreak: 25 COVID-19 deaths reported in Quebec, the provincial total is now 241

Coronavirus outbreak: 25 COVID-19 deaths reported in Quebec, the provincial total is now 241

The province will also no longer transfer patients to CHSLDs, he added.

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“I can tell you that we will do everything we can to save as many people as possible in the CHSLDs,” he said.

Friday, Quebec Minister of Health Danielle McCann and Minister of Seniors Marguerite Blais announced a new plan to protect seniors and the vulnerable from the COVID-19 pandemic. McCann said this would include increased screening, priority for facilities currently having outbreaks, and increased support for healthcare workers.

Blais also appointed Dr. Quoc Dinh Nguyen, a geriatrician internist specializing in the epidemiology of the elderly, as their special adviser during the pandemic.

The Quebec government has not ruled out the reopening of schools and daycare centers earlier than expected – but Legault said no decision has yet been made because the pandemic remains an evolving situation.

“We will follow him day by day,” he said.

The province has implemented sweeping measures to control the fast-spreading disease since March 12. Non-essential services, schools and daycare centers are closed until at least May.

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The public is invited to respect the rules of physical distancing and severe penalties are provided for violators. Gatherings are also prohibited until further notice.

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Legault said on Friday that Quebecers have played a role in reducing the number of deaths and hospitalizations by adhering to strict restrictions.

“We have, of course, made significant economic sacrifices, but we have done so for the most vulnerable,” said Legault. “I think that speaks to us as a people.”

“We can be proud of this decision which has been – or at least I felt anyway – supported by the whole population.”

Legault adopted a tone of cautious hope over the past week. He said the number of hospitalizations has decreased, according to projections by public health officials.

Modeling for Quebec shows that the province could see between 1,200 and nearly 9,000 deaths by the end of the month. The peak is expected on April 18.

With files from the Canadian Press

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