Although the Government of Quebec did not hold a public briefing on Saturday, April 18, the official update for the novel coronavirus situation in the province was still released. Currently, there are 17,521 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec. And, there have now been 805 deaths linked to the virus in Quebec — an increase of 117 since the previous day.
On April 17, there were 16,798 reported cases. So, there was a rise in 723 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours.
During the past week, Legault has often stressed the need to continue to protect the population's most vulnerable, referencing those of 70 years and older.
Now, as of April 18, Quebec will be receiving assistance from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) by having 125 of its members with proper health care training come help out in CHSLDs.
This is a result of the Quebec government requesting additional assistance from the CAF due to the province's issue with a lack of staff in its long-term care facilities.
Quebec continues to be the Canadian province with the largest number of confirmed infections.
In total, Canada had 32,412 COVID-19 cases as of April 18 at 1 p.m.
You can see Santé Québec's most recent Twitter update below.
#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 18 avril 2020, 13 h, la situation est la suivante : 17 521 cas confirmés 141 249 a… https://t.co/PFQi1rcVYc— Santé Québec (@Santé Québec) 1587231165.0
This tweet tells us that of the 17,521 confirmed infections in the province, 1,130 individuals remain hospitalized due to the virus.
But, on a happier note, 141,249 people have tested negative for the novel coronavirus in Quebec.
Below is a breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases per Quebec region.
Montreal has been the epicentre of the pandemic in Quebec, and the numbers above show that it continues to be with 8,052 confirmed cases.
On April 17, the Regional Public Health Director Dr. Mylène Drouin stated that Montreal has "attained a plateau," but challenges continue to remain.
The Government of Quebec is currently in the midst of preparing a "" that will allow businesses to gradually begin reopening.
Premier François Legault has also noted that Quebec has officially flattened the curve, but stated that social distancing will continue for "months."