Quebec is the province where there are the most confirmed cases of Covid-19, but that does not mean that it is necessarily the most affected, said François Legault.
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“Currently, all things considered, we test more than Ontario, and then we test more than Canada as a whole,” the Premier said on Wednesday.
Quebec now has 1,339 confirmed cases, an increase of 326 since the previous day, and has recorded three new deaths, for a total of seven. Hospitalizations (78) and the number of intensive care patients (35) are also increasing . Nearly 27,000 people had a negative test.
In absolute numbers, Quebec has almost twice as many detected cases of Covid-19 as Ontario and British Columbia. This may be bad news, or the result of a policy of targeted testing that finds more people infected. François Legault also believes that the early spring break in Quebec, and the travel associated with it, played a role.
Until Tuesday, Quebec only tracked travelers and their entourage who presented symptoms. “We took the strategy that, based on our ability, was the most profitable to identify [les cas]”Said National Director of Public Health Horacio Arruda.
In his view, the divergent methodologies of the Canadian provinces make comparisons difficult. Alberta has chosen to test much more broadly, for example. Consequence: in Quebec, one test in 23 flushes out a case of the Covid-19, compared to 1 in 92 in Alberta.
To find a fairer parallel, it is better to look at the number of hospitalizations, believes Dr Arruda. “Severe cases are usually a good indicator of comparison. Whether they’re in Ontario or here, people would end up in the hospital, “he said.
On this criterion, Quebec is the second most affected province behind British Columbia, 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 social distancing measures are starting to take effect. “When you analyze the numbers, when you factor in the large increase in the number of tests, the results are still encouraging,” he said.
– With the collaboration of Jean-François GIbeault
Positive test rates
British Columbia (March 25)
- 26,681 tests
- 617 confirmed cases
- 1 test out of 43 positive
Alberta (March 25)
- 35,508 tests
- 419 confirmed cases
- 1 in 85 positive
Ontario (March 25)
- 35,635 tests
- 667 confirmed cases
- 1 test out of 53 positive
Quebec (March 25)
- 30,971 tests
- 1,339 confirmed cases
- 1 test out of 23 positive
Hospitalization rate per 100,000 inhabitants
Quebec (March 24)
- Population: 8,537,674
- Hospitalization: 67
- Rate: 0.78 (0.92 as of Wednesday)
Ontario (March 24)
- Population: 14,711,827
- Hospitalization: 40
- Rate: 0.27
- Population: 4,413,146
- Hospitalization: 19
- Rate: 0.43
- Population: 5,110,117
- Hospitalization: 59
- Rate: 1.15