Quebec reports 907 new COVID-19 cases, seven more deaths as hospitalizations drop

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MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 907 new cases of COVID-19 today and seven more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including one in the past 24 hours.

Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by eight, to 580, and 144 people were in intensive care, a drop of eight.

Health Minister Christian Dubé is set to give an update on the province's vaccination strategy this afternoon, one day after Health Canada authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 and up.

The province is vaccinating members of the general public who are 40 and older, and Dubé says another 200,000 appointments were made Wednesday.

Quebec is gradually lowering the age of vaccine eligibility and has promised to open appointments to all adults by the middle of May.

The province administered 78,632 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the last 24 hours and added 1,950 from earlier, for a total of more than 3.4 million; 39 per cent of the population has received at least one dose.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021.

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