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11:25 a.m.

Quebec reports 95 new cases, one more death

Quebec has seen 95 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases registered in the province to 60,813, Quebec’s public health department reported on Wednesday.

One new death was reported in the last. Added to the death toll, however, were 11 deaths that occurred more than seven days ago. Of those, 10 occurred at the Place Kensington Residence for seniors in Westmount last spring. They had not been registered earlier due to a “problem with the transmission of data,” Quebec’s public health department stated.

This adjustment brings the total number of residents who passed away at Place Kensington to 19.

In a statement, the ministry said it “is working to ensure a similar situation does not happen again.” There are no cases of COVID-19 at the residence and the situation is under control, the ministry said.

The number of hospitalizations in the province remained stable at 151. The number of patients in intensive care dropped by one, to 20. On Monday, 13, 241 people were tested in the province.


11:05 a.m.

How Britain failed its coronavirus test

“Britain did not save as many lives as others,” writes Tom McTague of The Atlantic. “It had the money, the tools, and the wherewithal to respond as well as any, yet more of its people died than anywhere else in Europe. …

“One cannot avoid the grim reality spelled out in the numbers: If almost all countries failed, then Britain failed more than most.”

McTague provides an in-depth look at what went wrong in Britain.



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