Quebec's COVID-19 Case Count Jumps To Over 19k With 62 More Deaths Reported

There have now been 939 deaths in the province related to COVID-19.
Contributing Writer

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.

He also offered all of his sympathies to the families of the victims of the Nova Scotia shooting.

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.

As of Monday, April 20, 148,482 individuals have tested negative for the novel coronavirus in Quebec.

If you're curious about the case count in your region, you can see the full breakdown on the Government of Quebec's official website.

Montreal remains the epicentre for the virus in Quebec, with a total of 8,964.

Other regions with a larger number of COVID-19 cases include Montérégie with 2,366 and Laval with 2,095.

Stay safe, Quebec.

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