The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):
Quebec is reporting 1,344 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with nine new deaths related to the virus.
The province says two of the most recent deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the other seven took place between April 11 and 16.
Hospitalizations in the province declined slightly, falling by nine to 683.
The number of patients in intensive care units remained stable at 175.
Hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units continue to reach record heights in Ontario.
The province says 2,107 patients are currently in hospital, with 741 in an ICU and more than 500 on a ventilator.
Provincial figures show hospital admissions are currently outpacing recoveries from COVID-19.
Ontario is also reporting 4,250 new infections over the last 24 hour and 18 virus-related deaths.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021.
The Canadian Press