This week in COVID-19: what you need to know

COVID-19 Update for Saturday, May 23

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

As of today there are 5,105,881 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 333,446 deaths, reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The latest in Quebec

Quebec confirms 697 new cases since yesterday’s update, bringing the total number of people infected in the province to 46,838.

The province confirmed 75 new deaths, bringing Quebec’s death toll to 3,940 since the crisis started.

In the province, 1,452 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, a decrease of 27 since yesterday. The number of patients in intensive care stands at 167.

Half of Quebec’s cases are due to the virus’s spread in metropolitan regions. Montreal has 23,696 confirmed cases as of today.

Cases in the neighbourhood

Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension has 1,717 confirmed cases as of today. That’s 197 cases since last Saturday’s update.

108 people have died in the borough because of the disease. That’s 13 new deaths since last Saturday’s update.

Main stories of the week

Here are the main stories of the week.

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

Note: This article was edited to correct the following statistics: confirmed COVID-19 cases in Montreal, confirmed COVID-19 cases in VSP borough, and the number of deaths in VSP borough. We apologize for the error.