Quebec Health Minister says situation ‘critical’ in 10 hospitals as COVID-19 patients top 1,000

As Quebec’s COVID-19 situation continues to go steeply downhill, Health Minister Christian Dubé says people must follow health restrictions over the holidays or hospitals will be overrun in January.

“We have had to prepare beds for COVID patients in non-traditional locations because we lack beds in hospitals,” Dubé announced Friday.

One of those sites, in Quebec City, is in a local hotel, where guest rooms and reception rooms have been commandeered.

There are now 1,011 people in hospital because of COVID-19 across the province and 141 of them are in intensive care — that’s nearly half of the 2,164 beds reserved for those infected with the disease.

And 10 hospitals provincewide have reached a “critical” stage, the health minister said.

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