Quebec Health Ministry to stop publishing daily COVID-19 data

People wear face masks and practise physical distancing as they walk along Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal, which has been dubbed the ‘epicentre’ of Canada’s COVID-19 outbreak. 
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Date of Publication: June 25, 2020

Source: CBC

The Ministry of Health and Social Services in Quebec announced that it would no longer be releasing daily statistics on new COVID-19 cases and deaths beginning on July 2, 2020. Instead, they will be publishing weekly reports on the ministry’s website along with a press release. The province argues that this is being done because the COVID-19 situation is “stabilizing”. Indeed, this comes as the daily number of new cases reported in Quebec has declined from a high of over 800 in early May to 53 cases just this past Tuesday. In contrast to this, the INSPQ, the province’s public health research institute, has said it will continue to publish daily data on the pandemic. To date, Quebec has reported a total of 54,937 cases and 5,441 deaths due to COVID-19.

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