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Quebec reports seven new deaths linked to COVID-19 as hospitalizations rise slightly

People are shown at a COVID-19 vaccination site in Montreal, Saturday, May 22, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 633 new cases of COVID-19 today and seven additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

The Health Department says the number of hospitalizations linked to the disease rose by three from the day before, to 230, and 78 people are in intensive care, a rise of three.

Authorities say 14,116 doses of vaccine were administered within the past 24 hours.

According to the province’s public health institute, 88.4 per cent of Quebec residents 12 and over have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 83.4 per cent are considered adequately vaccinated.

The public health institute says Laval, a large suburb of Montreal, is the most affected region in the province, with 196.6 active cases per 100,000 people, followed by the neighbouring region of Lanaudiere, with 113.4 active cases per 100,000 people. There are 72.6 active cases per 100,000 people in Quebec.

Quebec has reported 399,058 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11,312 deaths linked to the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.