The grim toll of deaths in NURSING homes is ensuring that Québec now ranks among the leaders in unenviable places in the world where the COVID-19 is the most deadly.
If it were a country, Quebec would have the dubious honor of ending up in 12th position in the ranking of States with the most deaths relative to their population, according to an analysis from public data.
With a rate of 123 deaths per million inhabitants, it would be just behind the United States (136) and Luxembourg (125), in this ranking dominated by european countries.
Yesterday, Quebec has passed the bar of 1000 deaths, with 1041 cases, of which 85% are in NURSING homes, a situation it was hard to imagine a few weeks ago.
“Our success or failure will depend on the number of deaths,” declared prime minister François Legault, 3 April.
Belgium at the top
At that time, there were 61 deaths of the COVID-19 in the province, which would have resulted in a 23rd largest in the world in Québec for fatalities per million inhabitants, based on the analysis of the data available to this date.
Mr. Legault noted that the province had so ” many fewer deaths than in the United States “. “It is two per million inhabitants “, he said.
Two weeks later, the comparison does more. Yesterday, the u.s. rate was 136, so only 13 more cases per million in Quebec.
However, the province is still far from the Belgium throne at the top of the world ranking with 518 deaths per million inhabitants, or even Spain (455) or Italy (408).
Other significant figure : if we subtract the deaths for Québec from those for Canada, it happens to the rest of the country at a rate of 37 deaths per million inhabitants.
In comparison, Norway, the cited favourably as an example, shows a rate almost similar to 34 deaths.
Note that our overall ranking has been performed by removing from the list of micropays like san Marino and Andorra, where very high rates are observed.
A “humanitarian Catastrophe”
For the emergency physician to the jewish Hospital, and a member of Doctors without borders Vinh-Kim Nguyen, the classification unenviable Quebec reflects a “real humanitarian disaster” with its seniors.
Dr. Nguyen believes that the high rates of COVID-19 recognized in the CHSLD in quebec are very difficult to understand, compared to what happens in other countries.
“The proportion of 85% of deaths in Quebec, it is huge ! We do not understand “, he says.