COVID-19 Update for Friday, July 17
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 two hundred countries.
The global numbers
As of today, there are 13,616,593 confirmed cases reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).
So far, 585,727 people have died across the world due to COVID-19.
The latest in Quebec
As of today, the province has 57,142 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
In the last day, Quebec confirmed 141 new cases.
Francois Legault said today the biggest issue for the province is people having indoor gatherings without following physical distancing. Despite an uptick in cases this week due to outbreaks in bars, Legault said he will keep bars open.
The province also reported one new death today, bringing Quebec’s death toll to 5,647 since the start of the crisis.
Hospitalizations have decreased in the last week. Currently, 260 people are in hospital and 16 people are in intensive care.
Cases in the neighbourhood
Montreal confirmed 76 new cases in the last day. The metropolis has now had a total of 27,863 cases since the COVID-19 emergency began.
Officials have linked a few new cases in Montreal to outbreaks in bars and dining areas. Therefore, Montreal public health is everyone who visited bars to get tested for COVID-19.
Closer home, the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension has 2,207 confirmed cases. This number marks an increase of 20 new confirmed cases in the last week.
The borough went two weeks without having new confirmed deaths. However, in the last week, officials have announced 1 new death in the borough. Since March, 132 borough residents have died because of the virus.
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