Legault govt COVID-19 response has now left 10,000 dead

Premier Legault's response to COVID-19 has now left more than 10,000 Quebecers dead, almost half of all the Canadians deaths.

Quebec surpassed 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19 today as authorities across the country urged Canadians to continue to avoid gatherings despite recent drops in new cases and hospitalizations.

Quebec became the first Canadian province to hit the five-figure death mark as it reported 32 new fatalities for a total of 10,031.

The number comes exactly one week after Canada reported its 20,000th death linked to the pandemic, and a day after the national COVID-19 case count surpassed 800,000.

While deaths are still being added to the national tally, Canada's chief public health officer has said daily cases and severe outcomes are continuing to decline.

Dr. Theresa Tam is warning Canadians to keep avoiding gatherings with people outside their households, including for today's NFL Super Bowl.

That message was echoed by Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, who cautioned people to keep game-watching gatherings small, even as the province reported just one new case of COVID-19.


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