Jean-Philippe Denoncourt, The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Quebec’s national director of public health, Dr. Luc Boileau, will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to provide an update for the second time in less than a week on the evolution of the current pandemic situation. of COVID-19 in Quebec.
Last Friday, Dr. Boileau said that the evolution of the number of new cases of coronavirus and hospitalizations tended to stabilize, but that the transmission of the virus remained high. He predicted that the seventh wave of COVID-19 would plateau in the following days before slowly fading away.
However, a comparison of the data suggests that this phenomenon has not yet clearly manifested itself.
On Wednesday, Quebec reported 21 new deaths linked to COVID-19, in addition to an increase in hospitalizations, to 2,146 patients; 67 patients were in intensive care, eight more than the day before. Five days earlier, there were 2,176 hospitalizations, 46 less than the day before, and 68 patients were in intensive care.
Last Friday, the national director of public health explained that if the number of cases was not going down quickly, it was because there were still a lot of contaminations and the spread of the coronavirus, despite the hot weather and the high number of people staying out.
Some epidemiologists fear that the arrival of autumn is a source of a large number of contaminations. People will gradually resume their activities indoors, in places more favorable to the transmission of the virus, and the start of the school year will make schoolchildren who no longer wear the mask vectors of contamination in their families.
In addition, on Wednesday, Quebec reported that 5,053 health network workers were absent from work for reasons related to COVID-19.