Quebec to resume surgeries delayed by pandemic as COVID-19 hospitalizations drop

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MONTREAL — Quebec's health minister says the province will gradually resume some of the surgeries that have been delayed due to COVID-19 as the number of people hospitalized with the virus continues to drop.

Christian Dube says on Twitter that there are 200 fewer people hospitalized with COVID-19 than there were a week ago.

The province is reporting 1,223 new cases of COVID-19 today as well as 31 additional deaths linked to the virus.

Hospitalizations went down by 27 to 1,136, with 191 people in intensive care, which is 10 fewer than the day before.

The province gave only 84 vaccine doses yesterday, and has currently administered 238,227 of the 238,100 doses it has received.

The government says it is able to administer extra vaccines because some vials contain enough liquid to inoculate six people instead of five.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan 31, 2021

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