Premier François Legault announced at today's press conference that Quebec has seen the lowest increase in cases in 24 hours since April 11. Yesterday, there were 43,627 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quebec. Today, on Tuesday, May 19, Legault announced that the province's case count has now reached 44,197 cases.

Thus, a rise in 570 cases in the past day.

The province has now seen 3,647 deaths related to COVID-19 in Quebec, which is a rise of 51 deaths since yesterday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 12,497 individuals in the province have recovered from the virus.

Legault's daily Facebook post reads, "We're all happy to be gradually deconfining ourselves, but let's be clear: if the spread resumes, we won't hesitate for a second to put the brakes on reopening."

He then continued to say that reopenings could happen on their anticipated dates if everyone in the province actively follows public health guidelines.

Premier Legault, Dr. Arruda, and Minister of Health and Social Services Danielle McCann all arrived at today's press conference wearing protective face masks, which the government now recommends all Quebecers wear whenever they go out in public.

A live feed of the Government of Quebec's public briefing about COVID-19 from today is available below.

Right now, there remain 1,784 people hospitalized in the province due to the virus, with 180 of them in intensive care.

Looking at the breakdown of each region's case count, we see that Montreal has over half of the province's cases.

Currently, Montreal has 22,315 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

During the government's press conference on May 19, the premier also commented on the protest against confinement that took place this past Sunday in front of Quebec's Parliament building.

Firstly, he said that such an occurrence disappointed him.

"Try to find solutions together... so that work conditions are less difficult for nurses. I think this should be done at the table rather than in protests in front of my office," the premier told the public.

Stay tuned for more news.

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