Quebec officials to provide update on coronavirus response Monday afternoon

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Quebec Premier François Legault is expected to provide an update on the province’s novel coronavirus response Monday afternoon after taking a day off on Easter.

As of Sunday, the number of COVID-19-related deaths had climbed to 328, while the number of confirmed cases of the illness had reached 12,846.

A top priority for the government is rectifying the situation in Quebec’s long-term care homes, which have seen the majority of COVID-19-related deaths in the province.

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The health department confirmed Sunday it will inspect all 40 privately run care homes in the province.

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The move comes after a coroner’s inquest was launched at a private long-term care facility in Dorval linked to what Premier François Legault has described as a possible case of “gross negligence.”

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There have been 31 deaths at the CHSLD Herron in Dorval since March 13. Legault said at least five of the deaths were due to COVID-19, but that number could rise pending investigation.

Doctors and nurses are already being transferred from hospital settings to long-term care facilities to address the issue of staff shortages.

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