Covid-19: more cases confirmed in Quebec than elsewhere in Canada, and more hospitalizations

Covid-19: plus de cas confirmés au Québec qu’ailleurs au Canada, et plus d'hospitalisations

 Quebec is the province where there is the most of confirmed cases of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean that it is necessarily the most affected, writes François Legault.

“Currently, all proportions kept, we test more than Ontario, and it has been tested more than all of Canada,” said the prime minister yesterday.

Quebec now has 1339 confirmed cases, an increase of 326 from the previous day, and had recorded three new deaths, for a total of seven. Hospitalizations (78) and the number of patients to the intensive care unit (35) are also on the rise. Nearly 27 000 people have had a negative examination.

In absolute numbers, Quebec has almost two times more cases detected COVID-19 that the Ontario and British Columbia. It is the result of a policy of focused testing which are more people are infected, says the government. François Legault also believes that the week of spring break early in Quebec, and the travel associated with it have played a role.

Until Tuesday, the Quebec dépistait that the travelers and their entourage who exhibited symptoms. “We took the strategy that, according to our capacity, was the most cost-effective,” said the national director of public health, Horacio Arruda.

More hospitalizations

In his opinion, the methodologies differing of the canadian provinces make it difficult to make comparisons. Alberta has chosen for example to test much more widely. Result : in Quebec, a test on 23 shows a case of COVID-19, against 1 to 92 in Alberta.

To find a parallel that is more just, it is better to rather look at the number of hospitalizations, according to the Dr. Arruda. On this criterion, Quebec is the second province with the highest achievement behind the British–the British, and far ahead of Ontario, according to data compiled by The Newspaper.

François Legault believes, however, that Quebec is on the right track and that the measures of social distancing are beginning to make their effect.

“When you analyze the numbers, when you consider the large increase in the number of tests, they are still results which are encouraging,” he said.

— With the collaboration of Jean-François Gibeault

Rate of test-positive

British Columbia (march 25)

  • 26 681 tests
  • 617 confirmed cases
  • 1 test 43 positive

Alberta (march 25)

  • 35 508 testing
  • 419 confirmed cases
  • 1 test on 85 positive

Ontario (march 25)

  • 35 635 tests
  • 667 confirmed cases
  • 1 test on 53 positive

Quebec (march 25)

  • 30 971 tests
  • 1 339 confirmed cases
  • 1 test on 23 positive

Rate of hospitalization per 100 000 inhabitants

Quebec (march 24)

  • Population: 8 537 674
  • Hospitalization: 67
  • Rate: 0,78 (0,92 as of the date of Wednesday)

Ontario (march 24)

  • Population: 14 711 827
  • Hospitalization: 40
  • Rate: 0,27

Alberta

  • Population: 4 413 146
  • Hospitalization: 19
  • Rate: 0,43

British Columbia

  • Population: 5 110 917
  • Hospital stay: 59
  • Rate: 1,15

Sources : ministry of Health of Québec and the government of Ontario

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