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Due to data issue, Quebec reports lowest tally of new COVID-19 cases in more than a month – Montreal Gazette

Due to data issue, Quebec reports lowest tally of new COVID-19 cases in more than a month – Montreal Gazette

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Hospitalizations and deaths lag behind increased case counts by one to several weeks, Tam said, and these are also increasing. An average of 4,705 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the week of Jan. 8 to 14, 875 in intensive care units. An average of 137 COVID-19-related deaths daily were reported.

Tam cited a model from Simon Fraser University forecasting as many as 10,000 cases daily by the end of January, with rising hospital admissions and deaths expected to follow. “We urgently need the combined efforts of local authorities and Canadians to bend the curve of this resurgence, even as COVID-19 vaccinations continue throughout the country,” she said.

She urged Canadians to follow local public health advice – to stay home and self-isolate if they have COVID-19 symptoms, to keep non-essential outings to a minimum, to maintain proper hand hygiene and physical distancing and to wear masks.

With 754 new cases reported on Sunday, Montreal was once again the region in the province with the most new cases.

The problem with the laboratory data means this figure could be lower than the actual number of new cases due to the province’s aforementioned problem with laboratory data.

A total of 86,493 cases have been confirmed in the city since the pandemic began.

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With files from Canadian Press

Published at Sun, 17 Jan 2021 19:30:00 +0000

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