Quebec reported 784 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and three other deaths attributed to the virus.
To date, the whole province has recorded 448,171 infections and 428,679 recovered cases, bringing the number of active cases to 7,913 cases.
The number of hospital admissions related to the pandemic increased by one in the past day with 227 patients. Among them, 51 are in intensive care to increase the age of six.
Quebec confirms first case of COVID-19 variant Omicron
On Monday, the province confirmed its first case of the Omicron variant in a person who had recently arrived from Nigeria, along with 115 other travelers who were on track.
Quebec’s top doctor said the new variant is being monitored to see if it becomes the dominant variant before the Delta variant.
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Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said the next two weeks would be key to a better understanding of Omicron’s transmissibility and the severity of the illness it can cause.
Until then, Dubé said he does not anticipate adding any additional restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
However, he has recommended against non-essential travel and warned of rapidly changing rules for re-entry into the country.
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He also said the uncertainty surrounding the new variant is just another reason to get vaccinated.
He encouraged people age 70 and older to quickly make an appointment for a third booster shot, and stressed the importance of continuing to follow all public health guidelines.
As of Monday, 19,732 shots had been given, increasing to 80.8 the proportion of the population that has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Since the start of the pandemic, the virus has claimed the lives of 11,579 people in the province.
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