Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

The number of new cases decreased from the previous day, but it was slightly higher than the average of 7 days, which was 530.

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Quebec on Saturday reported 602 new COVID-19 cases and a further 2 deaths attributable to the virus.

The number of new cases decreased from the previous day, but it was slightly higher than the average of 7 days, which was 530.

According to figures released by the provincial government, 297 people were hospitalized on Friday, representing a slight decrease compared to the previous day. 84 of those treated in hospitals were in intensive care units.

The new numbers were released hours before Health Minister Christian Dubé tweeted a message to the 15,000 people health workers who have yet to be vaccinated, despite the deadline of October 15, requiring them to do so.

The Minister wrote that “major measures to reorganize services will be announced this week.

“The only way to reduce the effect is to get vaccinated.”

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More than 9,300 people received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, bringing the total to more than 6.3 million or 85 percent of Quebec’s population fully vaccinated.

33 percent of people over the age of 60 in the province have received two doses of the vaccine. Meanwhile, only 76 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29, the lowest demographic group, have been fully vaccinated.

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