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Quebec public health expects slow decline in number of new COVID-19 cases – Montreal

The variety of new COVID-19 instances in Quebec is predicted to say no slowly, the province’s public well being director mentioned Friday.

Dr. Luc Boileau instructed reporters in Montreal that he expects the seventh wave of the pandemic to achieve a plateau within the coming days, adopted by the gradual decline.

“It went up extra slowly and it’ll go down extra slowly,” he mentioned. “That’s why it’s essential to keep in mind that the virus is constant to unfold. If it doesn’t descend shortly, it’s as a result of there’s nonetheless plenty of infections and unfold of the virus.”

Quebec started vaccinating kids below 5 towards COVID-19 on Monday, however Boileau mentioned he gained’t be attempting to persuade dad and mom to present their kids the vaccine.

“It’s a private selection for fogeys, there are benefits to being vaccinated, however it’s not one thing that must be carried out, besides for teenagers that actually want it,” he mentioned. The youngsters most in want are these at excessive threat of creating severe sickness, similar to those that are immunocompromised.

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Boileau mentioned few kids have been hospitalized because of the illness, or developed severe sickness, aside from in a few “tragic conditions.”

Quebec reported 16 extra deaths linked to the novel coronavirus and a 46-patient decline within the variety of hospitalizations Friday.

The Well being Division mentioned 2,176 individuals are in hospital with the illness, together with 68 individuals in intensive care, a decline of 1 from the day earlier than.

It mentioned 738 of these sufferers, together with 31 of these in intensive care, had been particularly admitted attributable to COVID-19.

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