At a public briefing Saturday, Premier François Legault announced four more COVID-19 deaths in Quebec, bringing the total to five. Four of the five deaths, he specified, were people who lived in the same residence for seniors. The news "reminds us [...] of the strength of this virus and that we must take the situation seriously," he said.
"If there are still people who didn't think it was serious, well, we have all the evidence to the contrary."
Legault further announced a total of 181 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quebec.
"So, as we expected, there is an increase in the number of cases that is accelerating, and we expect it to be the same in the next few days, but we are preparing for all scenarios."
An additional 1,512 people are under investigation and 9,242 people have tested negative, according to an update from Santé Québec.
On Friday, the Premier made clear that, due to the evolving situation, it's unlikely that schools in the province would reopen by the end of March.
Classes might not resume until the beginning of May.
Below is Santé Québec's official tweet declaring the current situation of COVID-19 in the province as of March 21 at 1 p.m.
The numbers above prove Legault's point in the population of Quebec needing to take the situation of coronavirus in the province seriously.
Premier Legault declared the situation of COVID-19 in Quebec a "public health emergency" on March 14, which led him to say that the Government of Quebec was banning all visits to senior homes and hospitals for the time being.
This ban was taken as a protective measure for people ages 70 and over, as this age group is much more vulnerable and will undergo more serious consequences if they catch the virus.
Legault continues to ask us to limit our social contact, as we are all asked to practice social distancing during this time.
Quebec health officials released guidelines for individuals to follow to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. You can read about them.
More information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the government of Canada's website here.