The request comes as the province grapples to contain outbreaks in overburdened and understaffed nursing homes.
Legault said that hundreds of health-care professionals have answered the call to help but that more assistance is needed, and that’s why he is asking for more help from the military.
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“It’s not ideal,” said Legault during his daily briefing. “But at the same time I think it will help us to have more arms to carry out tasks that are not medical.”
Quebec’s death toll has mounted to 1,134 as of Wednesday. There are 20,965 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in the province to date.
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The respiratory illness has led to 1,278 hospitalizations, up 55 from the previous day. There are 199 patients in intensive care.
The majority of fatalities have originated in long-term care centres.