COVID-19: New record for hospitalizations in Quebec
Quebec reports an increase in hospitalizations to reach 1953 people hospitalized, a record since the start of the pandemic. Intensive care admissions and deaths from COVID-19 are also on the rise. Quebec is also recording an increase in the number of cases.
Hospitalizations exceed the peak of the first wave, which reached 1,866 hospitalizations in May 2020.
Infections reached for this new day the figure of 15,874, or 1,388 cases of less than the figure of the day before.
Quebec health establishments have noted an increase in hospitalizations linked to COVID-19, with an increase of 203 people (415 admissions and 212 discharges), which gives a total of 1953 people hospitalized in the province. Intensive care admissions also recorded an increase of 16 new people (50 admissions and 34 discharges), for a total of 207 people.
Among the new hospitalizations of the day, there were 1,046 people who had not been vaccinated or had received a first dose in less than 14 days, 78 people vaccinated first and 1,948 others considered to be fully vaccinated.
The new cases are divided between 2895 unvaccinated, 656 primary vaccinated and 12,323 double vaccinated.
Le Quebec has 26 new deaths
Quebec has 26 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The human toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec drops to 11,846 deaths.
Active outbreaks are increasing and show the figure of 1191 for the date of January 5.
The effective reproduction rate (Rt) remains at 1.56, indicating increased circulation of the virus in the population. 696,182 people have been infected in Quebec since the start of the pandemic.
The samples taken on January 4 amount to 60,509 tests carried out.
Point Minister Dubé's press release
While the province is recording a record number of hospitalizations, Health Minister Christian Dubé took stock of the evolution of the epidemiological situation on Thursday. He is accompanied by the director of the vaccination campaign Daniel Paré and the Assistant Deputy Minister Lucie Opartny.
The government has, among other things, announced that the vaccination passport will now be compulsory at the SAQ and the SQDC. Minister Dubé also mentioned that the vaccination passport will very likely be required for other non-essential services, in addition to the SAQ and the SQDC.
The Minister also announced his wish to add 1000 beds reserved for patients with COVID-19 in its hospitals.