Premier François Legault delayed his daily public update today, leaving the 1 p.m. slot for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who held a press conference about the Nova Scotia shooting that resulted in the killing of at least 17 people. During the briefing, which began at 1:30 p.m. instead, Legault informed the public that as of April 20, there are now a total of 19,319 COVID-19 cases in Quebec. On the previous day, April 19, there were 18,357 confirmed cases announced.
There are 1,169 people hospitalized due to the novel coronavirus at the moment, and 2,971 who remain under investigation for the virus.
There have now been 939 deaths in the province related to COVID-19, to which Legault offered his deepest condolences to the families and friends of these individuals.
Of the current 19,319 confirmed cases in Quebec, 8,964 are in the Montreal region.
Legault announced during the press conference that Quebec is still missing nearly 2,000 employees in the province's CHSLDs.
You can watch a live feed of the Government of Quebec's public update on April 20 below.
During this conference, Legault requested that, for the next two weeks, all doctors do only emergency visits, such as anything related to the heart or cancer treatments, to allow for more availability in health care workers' schedules.
"If there are family physicians who are able to free themselves from less urgent tasks, please come to the residences," Legault asked.
Santé Québec provided the province's COVID-19 update via Twitter, which you can see below.
#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 20 avril 2020 à 13 h, la situation est la suivante :
19 319 cas confirmés
148 482… https://t.co/QOwmfGsasg