Coronavirus: “Situation is critical” in Quebec hospitals, health minister says | FULL

Quebecers are asked to avoid emergency rooms unless “really necessary” as hospitalizations linked to the novel coronavirus have risen by 50 per cent in the past three weeks.

Health Minister Christian Dubé says the province has crossed a line by topping more than 1,000 patients in hospitals to be treated for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, this week.

There are about 2,164 beds set aside for coronavirus patients in hospitals, he explained, but the province is now adding beds in “non-traditional” locations such as hotels as hospitalizations spike.

Dubé called on the public to respect lockdown measures set to start on Dec. 25 and to avoid having holiday gatherings in order to curb the spread of the virus.

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