Quebec reports 584 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations drop

Quebec is reporting 584 new cases and eight additional deaths related to the COVID-19 health crisis Wednesday as the province prepares to ease restrictions in the coming weeks.

Authorities say one of those deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the seven other fatalities were retroactively added to the total.

The vaccination rollout, which is open to all adults, saw another 74,310 doses given. So far, the province has administered more than 4.5 million shots since December.

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The number of pandemic-related hospitalizations fell by 18 to 466. This includes 113 patients in intensive care units, a drop of five from the previous day.

Quebec conducted 35,862 tests Monday, the most recent day for which that information is available.

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Over the course of the health crisis, the province has seen a total of 364,980 cases. The death toll, which remains the highest in Canada, stands at 11,058.

Recoveries, meanwhile, have now surpassed 347,000.

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