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Quebec releases first Covid-19 report in a week while Trudeau remains optimistic

Quebec releases first Covid-19 report in a week while Trudeau remains optimisticJasmin Merdan / Moment / Getty Images

The Quebec government is reporting 37 more deaths and 311 new cases from COVID-19 since Thursday. This, of course, is the first daily update since reversing a controversial decision to stop presenting daily figures.

The number of cases has reached 55,390 in Quebec while the number of hospitalizations stands at 455, down from 478 on Friday.

According to the data, as of Monday, a total of 5,485 people have died from Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that while there are still hotspots in certain parts of the country, Canada’s fight against COVID-19 is moving in the right direction.

"After a very challenging spring, things are continuing to move in the right direction," he said during a media briefing outside his residence at Rideau Cottage this morning.

"We still have some hot spots in some parts of the country, but nationally, the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths is declining over time."

His comments came just before today's semi-regular update of Canada's virus modelling numbers.

Canada has flattened the COVID-19 curve faster than most countries

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo also provided an update of the current epidemic in Canada on Monday and according to Tam, Canada has flattened the curve faster than most countries.

The latest federal figures indicate that the two main hotpots remain around Toronto and Montreal but that there are smaller areas that have seen outbreaks across the country including in Saskatchewan and southern Ontario.

Tam also noted the latest figures show that a total of 103,250 COVID-19 cases have been recorded across the country to date. Of these, there have been 8,522 deaths, and the percentage of cases deemed fully recovered is now 64%.

While the hard work and sacrifices made by Canadians have paid off, Justin Trudeau was quick to remind Canadians that the virus remains a very serious threat to our health:

“After a very challenging spring, things are continuing to move in the right direction. We still have some hotspots in some parts of the country, but nationally, the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths is declining over time. And that's because Canadians are doing their part,” Trudeau said. “Though, while we're on the right track, the fight against COVID-19 is not over yet. As we start to reopen parts of the economy, we must continue to follow local public health guidelines to keep each other safe.”

“It going to be really, really important that everyone remains attentive and vigilant to their own behaviors, so that we can prevent a second wave from arriving… as we’re beginning to see in places around the world, but also, so we can minimize any wave, if it does hit,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau ended by saying that moving forward, he and federal health officials will be transitioning out of the daily national addresses. They will continue to provide new data daily, but moving forward they will address Canadians only a few times a week.

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