Quebec reports record 14,188 new COVID-19 cases, nine more deaths

Quebec reported a record 14,188 new  COVID-19 cases on Thursday and an additional nine deaths.

The number of hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to increase, jumping by 135 for a total of 939. Of those patients, 138 are now in intensive care, an increase of 16.

Premier François Legault and Health Minister Christian Dubé will be holding a news conference at 5 p.m. Thursday, where they are expected to announce new restrictions .

After conducting 49,714 tests on Wednesday, the positivity rate in Quebec is now 28 per cent.

The province continues to have issues at testing sites, where long lineups are forcing some to be turned away. Quebec’s online booking system was also down for part of Wednesday.

In terms of vaccination, Quebec administered 88,651 doses in the previous 24 hours. Across the province, 89 per cent of people aged five and over have now received one dose and 82 per cent are double vaccinated. Only 15 per cent have received a third dose.

On Tuesday, the province announced it will gradually extend the third-dose campaign to all adults throughout the month of January.

A total of 586,607 infections have now been confirmed in Quebec since the first one was reported in February 2020. A total of 11,711 deaths have been recorded.

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