The number of new cases of coronavirus disease continues to decline, over seven days, in Quebec, and authorities anticipate a drop in hospitalizations across the province.
According to the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS), which combed the data from October 2 to 8, new cases fell by 6% during this period.
This is the third decrease in as many weeks, 3,752 infections having been added to the statistical balance sheet of the Belle Province compared to the 3,998 cases reported the previous week.
Another good news is that all age groups have benefited from this improvement, especially those 70 and over who are the most adequately vaccinated. Even if they are better protected, those aged 70 and over remain the most vulnerable to the virus and its variants, including the Delta, 44% of hospitalizations concerning this segment of the population in Quebec.
INESSS highlights that 152 of the patients who contracted COVID-19 in the week analyzed represent a high risk of hospitalization, including 45 who could require acute care.
Greater Montreal accounts for 70% of hospitalizations, but it is believed that a drop in the occupancy rates of regular and intensive care beds is to come over the next two to three weeks.