MONTREAL – Quebec on Friday reported another significant jump in daily new COVD-19 cases with 1,355 new infections.

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It is the highest in the province since April 16, and follows two days of continuous high numbers.

On Wednesday, the province reported 1,196 cases, the most since April 24, and those numbers fell only slightly to 1,146 on Thursday.

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Like the previous two days, there were two more deaths on Friday.

The number of hospitalizations increased slightly, with a net increase of three people in hospital and four more in intensive care, bringing the total to 230 in hospital and 57 in ICU.

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The total number of active cases crossed 9,000 for the first time since May 7, taking the total to 9,297.

Notably, the positivity rate of all the COVID-19 tests conducted in the province has been increasing in the last few days. It rose to 3.7 percent from the previous day’s total of 3.3 percent, which is part of an overall climb since its recent low point in late October.

Statistics on testing and positivity rates in Quebec are always reported two days later, so the rate of 3.7 percent, the most recently reported, is Wednesday.

That’s usually the limit for health officials to set an alarm for when the test positivity rate reaches 5 percent.

Despite the large numbers, some encouraging figures

Health officials have been warning they are preparing for a new wave, although they have not publicly confirmed more than one case of the new Omicron variant in Quebec.

Still, although case numbers are rising, approaching levels this time last year, other numbers are well below the province’s experience this time last year.

On December 3, 2020, there were 1,470 cases, but 30 deaths – much higher than the recent average. Last year this time also there were 13,197 active cases, which is almost 50 percent more than the current total.

Hospitalizations were also very high, with a total of 737 hospitalized and 99 in the ICU. At present, this number is about a third in the hospital and about half of the total ICU.

Last year at this time there were 13,197 active infections, which is about 45 percent more than today’s number.

Higher Vaccination for Under-12s

Vaccinations are increasing by the day, with children aged five to 11 years accounting for more than half of the new shots reported on Friday: there were 29,119 new shots, of which 15,516 were for children under 12. Had gone.

To date, 19 percent of Quebec children in that age group have been vaccinated, up from 17 percent the day before.

As of Thursday morning, a week after vaccination for that age group, the province said 38 percent of Quebec children had already had a shot or were booked to get one.

More than 70 people received their boosters, accounting for another large portion of the new daily dose, with 6,057 boosters given new, Friday’s report.

Unvaccinated people are currently 15 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, according to statistics from the province.

Montreal-area infection rates on the rise

Regionally, Nunavik in the far north of Quebec is far ahead of any other region in terms of the rate of active infections. There are currently an astronomical 763 active cases per 100,000 population.

In the south, the most affected areas are Eastern Townships and Chaudire-Appalache, with rates of 268 and 162 respectively.

However, from Thursday to Friday, Montreal and its suburb Laval both saw a jump in their active case rates, with every 130 active cases per 100,000 going up to exceed that threshold, and Laval more than eight percentage points a day. is jumping.

Montreal now stands at 133 cases per 100,000 people, and Laval at 138.