Quebec records highest daily COVID-19 total in more than a month

Quebec is reporting 945 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the highest daily number in more than a month.

The last day Quebec recorded a higher caseload was on Feb. 12, when 1,036 infections were reported.

Earlier this week, Quebec Premier François Legault said the province has been averaging around 700 new cases a day.

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Legault said the numbers showed the situation was stabilizing and that Quebec was keeping a third wave at bay.

To date, 305,435 have been infected with the virus, including 704 confirmed cases linked to variants. Health officials predict the more transmissible variants will make up the majority of new cases in Quebec by the end of the month.

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Four more deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, including one in the last 24 hours. The three remaining deaths are said to have occurred between March 18 and March 23.

Since the beginning of the health crisis, the province has lost 10,630 Quebecers to the virus.

Overall hospitalizations decreased by 12 in the past day for a total of 496 patients requiring treatment. Of those, 117 are in intensive care — one less than Wednesday.

Vaccination remains on track with 39, 814 doses administered on Wednesday for a total of 1,065,823 shots representing 12.6 per cent of the population.

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