COVID-19: Hospitalizations are still increasing
A nurse visits her elderly patient in her home and gives her an injection or vaccination.
Quebec reports an increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Intensive care admissions and new infections from COVID-19 are also on the rise.
Infections for this new day reach the figure of 16 176, 302 cases more than the figure of the day before and 285 cases less than the figure of last week.
Quebec health establishments note an increase in hospitalizations linked to COVID-19, with an increase of 180 people (427 admissions and 247 discharges), which gives a total of 2,133 people hospitalized in the province . Intensive care admissions also recorded an increase of 22 new people (46 admissions and 24 discharges), for a total of 229 people.
Quebec has recorded 27 new deaths
Quebec has recorded 27 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The human toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec has risen to 11,873 deaths.
Samples as of January 5 amount to 57,659 tests carried out. These are 712,358 people who have been infected in Quebec since the start of the pandemic.
Press briefing by Minister Dubé
As the province records a record number of hospitalizations for COVID-19, Minister Dubé provided an update on the evolution of the epidemiological situation on Thursday. He was accompanied by the director of the vaccination campaign Daniel Paré and the assistant deputy minister Lucie Opatrny.
The minister announced, among other things, that the vaccination passport will now be compulsory at the SAQ and at the SQDC.
He also announced that eventually, to be the holder of a vaccination passport, it will be necessary to have received three doses of vaccine. However, the government is giving all Quebecers the chance to have obtained this booster dose before taking action.
Rumors about the announcement of these new measures seem to have had an impact on the recalcitrant, so that appointments for a first dose have exploded in the last days. This is what Minister Dubé announced in a post on his Twitter account.
En quelques jours seulement, les prises de rendez-vous pour la 1ère dose sont passées de 1,5K par jour à plus de 6K hier. Merci à tous ceux qui ont décidé de se faire vacciner. Il n’est pas trop tard pour recevoir sa 1ère dose. Protégez-vous.
— Christian Dubé (@cdube_sante) January 7, 2022