One in five Quebecers has now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, following a new high of 69,000 doses administered on Thursday. Meanwhile, the upward trend in the number of new infections continues, and hospitalizations continue to rise.
The authorities do not hide the fact that the opening of the walk-in vaccination, to which Quebecers aged 55 and over have access since Thursday with the AstraZeneca vaccine, has a lot to do with it. In Montreal and Quebec, queues were seen at dawn, around 4:30 a.m., on the first day of eligibility.
Of the 69,148 doses administered Thursday, more than 16,000 came from AstraZeneca’s vaccine. Nearly 236,000 appointments have also been reserved, revealed on Twitter the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, insisting that the population meets expectations.
Quebecers are there to get vaccinated. It is thanks to this mobilization that we will be able to get by.
Christian Dubé, Minister of Health
So far, 1,754,749 Quebecers have received the first dose, which represents approximately 20.6% of the population. With 2,358,095 doses received, the Legault government currently has a reserve of over 603,000 doses of vaccines. “71,600 additional doses of AstraZeneca are expected today,” said the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS).
Still upward trend
During this time, Quebec Public Health, however, reported 1,683 new cases of COVID-19 as well as eight additional deaths. The new data brings to 323,094 the number of people who have been infected with the virus since the start of the crisis, of which 300,471 are now considered recovered. A total of 10,726 people died of complications from the virus.
The 1,683 new cases reported on Friday are part of the upward trend seen for nearly three weeks. The daily average calculated over a week is now 1345. With eight deaths reported on Friday, including three in the Outaouais, two in the Capitale-Nationale, one in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean and one in Chaudière-Appalaches, the daily average of deaths over a week remain at six.
Quebec set a new high with 449 new cases reported on Friday. The Capitale-Nationale has thus reported on average for a week 41 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In comparison, with 392 new cases, Montreal continues to show a stable trend of 16.4 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Chaudière-Appalaches also continues its strong upward trend. With 218 new cases on Friday, it has posted an average of 32 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants for a week.
The Outaouais, which is also under close surveillance, adds 120 additional cases, 45 less than the day before, for a total of 8,713 infections so far.
In the health network, there is also a slight increase of three hospitalizations compared to the day before; 569 patients remain hospitalized for COVID-19, of which 134 are still in intensive care, an increase of two cases in this regard.
The National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ), for its part, reported on Friday 1,031 additional cases of variants by screening, for a total of 14,208 in Quebec. The Capitale-Nationale has 3,186, while Montreal has 4,483 so far.
On Wednesday, Quebec carried out 46,712 screening tests, a figure that has risen sharply compared to the last few days. Further west on Friday, Ontario peaked at 4,227 new COVID-19 cases, surpassing the 4,000 infection mark for the first time since the onset of the health crisis. Public Health has also confirmed 18 additional deaths.