A 19-year-old has died in Montreal due to COVID-19 complications. COVID-19 is far from over yet. And, around the world, while deaths among younger people have been rare, it does serve as an indication that coronavirus virus is unpredictable and can have a varying degree of impact.
The most recent data on the evolution of COVID-19 in Québec show 93 new cases, bringing the total number of infected persons to 61,495. Also, according to the latest news release from the province, 1 death has occurred in the past 24 hours, to which is added 2 deaths which occurred between August 14 and August 20, for a total of 5,733.
The number of hospitalizations decreased by 10 compared to the previous day, for a cumulative total of 136. Of these, patients in intensive care decreased by 2, for a total of 23. 16,164 tests were taken on August 19, for a total of 1,526,946.
The CBC has reported that Don Béni Kabangu Nsapu, 19, died of COVID-19 complications on August 16. He is the youngest Quebecer to have died from the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
A reminder from the Government of Quebec concerning public health instructions:
To limit to the utmost the virus’ spread, it is important to:
- frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, especially when you come in from outside;
- use alcohol-based disinfectant on your hands if soap and water are unavailable;
- for any gathering in a private outdoor or indoor place, respect the maximum of 10 people. It is strongly recommended that these people come from a maximum of 3 different households.
- limit your travel as much as possible.
For people aged 12 and over, wearing a face-covering is now mandatory in most enclosed and partially enclosed public places and on public transit. This obligation will apply to people aged 10 and over starting August 24.
The 19-year-old’s death serves as an important reminder for young people to follow public health guidelines.