THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
MONTREAL – At a time when Quebec authorities must revise their vaccination goals downwards, the number of new cases has crossed the 2,200 mark.
According to data published Saturday by the Ministry of Health, the number of new cases rose to 2,225 in Quebec. This is the highest total since January 9.
The National Institute of Public Health of Quebec reports 21,640 active cases.
Since the start of the pandemic, 240,970 cases have been recorded in the province.
The authorities deplored 67 deaths on Saturday, without giving details on the date on which they occurred. The pandemic has killed 9,005 people in the province.
The situation is improving in hospitals where a decrease of 22 people hospitalized compared to the previous day was reported. There were 227 patients in intensive care, four fewer than the day before.
The ministry also reports 2,430 recoveries for a total of 210,364.
The Montreal region remains the most heavily affected by the pandemic since the authorities report 958 additional cases on the island of Montreal, 327 in Montérégie and 219 in Laval.
113 new cases were also reported in Lanaudière, 109 in the Laurentians, 101 in the Capitale-Nationale, 100 in Estrie and 95 in Chaudière-Appalaches.
The number of new cases reached 86 in Mauricie-Center-du-Québec, 43 in Outaouais, 34 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
The situation in Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine continues to improve greatly since only one new case has been identified. The day before, the region had not recorded any cases.
Slow motion vaccination
Friday, the Ministry of Health announced an update of its vaccination campaign, revising its objectives downwards, “due to the reorganization of the production line of the Pfizer company and the delay this will cause in delivery” .
According to him, 86,775 of the 176,475 doses planned by February 8 cannot be administered. The decrease will be especially significant for the weeks of January 25 and February 1. The predicted number of doses drops from 46,800 to 41,925 over the next week, from 46,800 to … 8,775 over the next week, and from 82,875 to 39,000 during the week of February 1.
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