Legault made a plea to anyone available full time to sign up to help in CHSLDs as the number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec exceeds 22,000 total (including those who have recovered).\nHe stressed that volunteers would be paid and that they don't need credentials.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nDuring April 24's press update, Premier François Legault and the province's top public health officials announced another increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quebec. There have now been 22,616 infections, an increase of 778 in 24 hours. Another 97 deaths were recorded overnight for a total of 1,340.\nThe number of patients in intensive care has also increased by 20.\nAs the situation in CHSLDs and seniors residences evolves, the Premier promised that the government will do more to improve the conditions and accelerate the process of renovating and expanding care facilities.\nThe lack of staff in these facilities is still a huge challenge and the government is now asking everyone to volunteer, even if they don't have relevant qualifications.\n"Today, I want to ask people who have not registered on [the online registry] to sign up to help us in public CHSLDs. This is important. Even if you don't have any qualifications, if you are available full-time, well, I'm asking you, we need you to come and take care of our most vulnerable people."\n"All people, even those who are not qualified, will earn the salary we give, which is the lowest salary in CHSLDs for what we call service assistants. So, I asked for the amount including bonuses. It amounts to $21.28 an hour, $777 a week."\nOn Thursday, Legault said that anyone who decides to lend a helping hand will have access to all the necessary protective equipment and guaranteed their safety.\n"We need you. The network cannot operate with 9,500 people absent," he said on April 23.\nOn Wednesday, the Quebec government made a request for 1,000 soldiers from the Canadian army to assist with the situation in the province's CHSLDs.\nStill, roughly 9,500 workers are missing from the health care system. The province needs as many people as possible to help in the senior's care facilities.\n#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 24 avril 2020 à 13 h, la situation est la suivante :22 616 cas confirmés163 016 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)1 460 personnes hospitalisées1 340 décèsPour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) April 24, 2020\nLegault reiterated the concept that Quebec has been split into "two worlds" as the pandemic progresses.\nOn the one hand is Quebec's difficult situation in CHSLDs, with many deaths coming from these facilities. On the other, a relatively "stable" situation outside of these facilities.\nREAD ALSO: Economic Recovery To Take 'Years' & Legault Says 'A New Society Will Emerge' From Crisis\nWhile trying to control the situation in the CHSLDs, the government is planning for a gradual deconfinement and reopening of certain businesses.\nLegault suggested Thursday that officials are considering attempting to develop "natural immunity" among the population.\nPublic health officials have admitted, however, that it could take years before the province economically recovers.\nCe qu’on vit dans nos CHSLD reste notre urgence nationale, mais on doit aussi préparer tout le Québec à une réouverture graduelle en restant très vigilants et très disciplinés.🎥Suivez notre point de presse en direct 👇https://t.co/kLxADtLV26— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 24, 2020\n"I know we're going through a tough situation right now, but we must prepare ourselves for the coming weeks and months," said Legault.\nView this post on Instagram On traverse une situation difficile dans nos CHSLD en ce moment, mais la situation générale va aller en s’améliorant. On travaille avec les autorités de la Santé publique pour planifier un déconfinement graduel et intelligent. On va commencer à rouvrir certaines entreprises en prenant toutes les précautions nécessaires. L’un de nos objectifs est de rendre le Québec plus autonome, notamment dans le secteur de l’alimentation. Pour nous aider, j’invite les Québécois à profiter du programme qu’on a annoncé cet après-midi et à venir travailler dans nos champs avec nos agriculteurs. 👉🏻 Glisse la photo à gauche pour les détails A post shared by François Legault (@francoislegault.pm) on Apr 17, 2020 at 1:48pm PDT\n"The war against the virus is only beginning. We will get through this together."\nStay tuned for more news.