Quebec reports 640 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths as hospitalizations drop slightly

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MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 640 additional cases of COVID-19 today and five more deaths due to the pandemic.

Overall hospitalizations declined by nine to 301, while the number of people in intensive care dropped by one to 83.

The vast majority of cases are due to the contagious Delta variant, which accounted for 86.9 per cent of infections sequenced between Sept. 12 and Sept. 18.

Health workers administered more than 13,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses since the last update, including 4,459 first shots.

About 89 per cent of Quebec's eligible population 12 and over have received one shot of vaccine, and 84 per cent have received two doses.

The Quebec government says unvaccinated individuals are 7.9 per cent more likely to become infected and 30 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, compared to a person who is fully vaccinated.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2021

The Canadian Press

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