Coronavirus: Quebec deaths climb to 5, cases rise to 181

Five people have now died in Quebec due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, while the number of confirmed cases in the province has climbed to 181.

The Quebec government announced the additional 4 deaths and 42 new confirmed cases on Saturday. Officials said 4 of the 5 deaths were of individuals who lived at the same seniors’ residence.

Ten people are currently in intensive care and another 10 people are being treated for the virus in hospital.

Health officials said that as of Saturday, 1,512 Quebecers are under investigation and 9,242 tests results have come back negative. One person has fully recovered.

The Quebec government reiterated that its healthcare system is ready to handle an influx of patients, as it has 4,600 hospital beds available across the province.

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