MONTREAL – As Quebeckers begin the first night of a month-long curfew starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, the province set a new daily record of COVID-19 cases, with 3,127 people having tested positive for illness in the past 24 hours.
That number shatters the record of 2,869 new cases set on Jan. 2 and is well above the seven-day average of 2,685.
The total number of new positive coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic is now 226,233.
The Institut de santé publique du Québec reports that there are 24,589 active cases in the province.
Of these, 192,979 are said to have recovered from the disease, 3,042 more than on Friday.
Quebec has reported 41 new deaths from the disease including 12 in the last 24 hours, 24 between January 2 and January 7 and 5 before January 2.
The total number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the province is now 8,647.
Quebec’s vaccination campaign continued to increase, with health professionals administering 13,101 doses on Friday, 870 fewer than the 13,971 administered the day before.
To date, 75,123 Quebecers have received their first dose of vaccination.
On the positive side of the daily updates, Quebec reported that 11 fewer people are receiving treatment for COVID-19 in hospitals across the province than on Friday, which brought the total number of hospitalizations down to 1,392. of these 206 people are in the intensive care unit, a decrease.
On January 7, 38,700 samples were analyzed.
Montreal remains the epicenter of the pandemic in Canada, reporting 1,531 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and the island has now surpassed the total of 80,000 cases since the start of the pandemic with 80,065 cases.
La Montérégie (424 new, 32,068 in total), Laval (222 new, 18,831 in total), Quebec (161 new, 19,378 in total) and Lanaudière (155 new, 16,536 in total) were all hit hard to begin the end. week.
Of the 41 new deaths, nine were reported in Montreal; eight in Montérégie (1,130 in total); six in Quebec (753 in total); five in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (235 in total); four in Laval (782 in total) and in Lanaudière (410 in total); and three in the Outaouais (133 in total).
One death was reported in Mauricie-et-Center-du-Québec (382 in total) and Chaudière-Appalaches (203 in total).