Quebec reaches target of 14 thousand daily COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 Update for Sunday, May 24

Avleen K Mokha

COVID-19 refers to the disease caused by a new kind of coronavirus. Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can affect animals and humans. The family of viruses causes respiratory illnesses.

The new kind of coronavirus was first found in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to over 200 countries.

The global numbers

There are 5,206,614 cases of COVID-19 confirmed to the World Health Organization (WHO) as of today.

337,736 people have died worldwide due to COVID-19.

The latest in Quebec

Quebec confirms 573 new cases, bringing the total number of people infected in the province to 47,411.

The province confirmed 44 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 3,984 since the crisis started.

The number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreased by 17 since yesterday, leading to a total of 1,435 for the province.

Three new patients were admitted to intensive care since yesterday. The number of people receiving intensive care due to COVID-19 stands at 170.

Half of Quebec’s cases are due to the virus’s spread in metropolitan regions. Montreal has 23,918 confirmed cases as of today.

Highest number of daily tests

In the first week of May, the province promised it would ramp up testing. Its objective was to do 14,000 COVID-19 tests daily.

Quebec confirmed 15,375 tests were done on Friday, May 22. This is the highest number of tests the province has done in one day.

Cases in the neighbourhood

Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough has 1,741 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of today.

Sante Montreal confirmed today that 111 people have died in the borough because of the disease. That’s 3 new deaths since yesterday.

Related image:

SWAB TEST. Patient and medical supervisor preparing for a COVID-19 nasal swab test. Image created by Russell Tate / United Nations
Patient and medical supervisor preparing for a COVID-19 nasal swab test. Image: Russell Tate / United Nations

Yesterday’s update on COVID-19:

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Main resources

+1 877 644-4545: Government hotline for COVID-19

211: Multilingual social and community helpline

Click here to visit the ACCESS Montreal website for information about COVID-19 in languages other than French.

Languages include English, Arabic, Persian, Greek, Italian, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, and Armenian.