Quebec adds more than 550 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths


Quebec is reporting 551 new cases and eight more deaths, including two in the past 24 hours, attributable to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis on Monday.

The vaccination campaign saw another 73,467 doses administered, for more than 4.3 million to date. The province has opened appointments to all adults.

The number of pandemic-related hospitalizations dropped by seven to 501. This includes 116 patients in intensive care, a decrease of three.

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Meanwhile, authorities say 21,925 tests were given Saturday. It is the latest day for which screening information is available.

Since the pandemic started, the province has recorded a total of 363,847 cases. Recoveries, meanwhile, stand at 345,794.

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The health crisis has killed 11,042 Quebecers to date. The death toll remains the highest in Canada.

Drive-thru vaccinations underway

Montrealers are also rolling up their sleeves as the province’s first drive-thru mass vaccination site opened to the public Monday.

The clinic, located in the parking lot of the Trudeau International Airport, is expected to administered 360 doses on the first day before ramping up operations.

The initiative allows households to drive up together and get their vaccination at the same time.

By the end of the week, officials say the site will be able to carry out around 4,000 shots per day.

— With files from Global News’ Brayden Jagger Haines

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