François Legault said that the province’s priority was to protect the elderly, since residences were hit hard by COVID-19.
The disease resulted in an additional 25 deaths, bringing the total number to 175. Legault said the majority of the victims were over the age of 70.
“I want us to mobilize – all of society, all Quebecers – to protect seniors,” said Legault during his daily briefing.
In addition to testing staff and patients, the province will also deploy health professionals such as doctors, nurses and nurses to long-term care facilities.
Health Minister Danielle McCann said more staff must be added to all facilities in the province, not just those affected by the epidemic.
“We think we really need to reorganize,” she said.
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READ MORE: Quebec projects between 1,263 and 8,860 coronavirus deaths by the end of April
The increase in the number of cases comes after thought provoking scenarios from the province, estimating that the disease will cause between 1,263 and 8,860 deaths by the end of the month. There could be between 29,000 and almost 60,000 cases by April 30.
The peak of the epidemic is expected in 10 days, April 18, depending on the model.
Public health officials were reluctant to provide exact figures, but say the situation will likely be closer to the best scenario.
Legault, for his part, set a cautiously optimistic tone regarding the projections and declared that Quebecers respect measures of social distancing.
“We can’t give up, we have to keep going,” he said. “We started off on the right foot, we are going in the right direction. “
READ MORE: Montreal cancels all festivals, sporting events, public gatherings until July 2
To Montreal – which accounts for about half of COVID-19 cases in the province – the city has further extended its state of emergency.
The measure, implemented on March 27, was put in place to better meet the needs of the city’s homeless.
In the past three weeks, the province has implemented extensive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Non-essential businesses, schools and daycare centers are closed until May 4 at least.
As part of this plan, rallies have also been banned and the government is restricting regional travel.
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