Quebec officials to provide coronavirus update as premier hopes to boost long-term care staffing

After seeking additional aid from Ottawa to bolster staffing in long-term care centres, the Quebec government is expected to provide an update on Thursday afternoon on its response to the novel coronavirus crisis.

Premier François Legault has requested 1,000 soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces to help out in nursing homes facing outbreaks and staffing shortages.

While hundreds of health-care professionals have heeded the call and the military is already on the ground, Legault stressed that the province needs more assistance to help affected seniors residences.

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The request comes as the province reported an uptick in fatalities attributable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Wednesday for a total of 1,134.

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