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The gap in the number of deaths this year compared with last year has grown every week since then.
During the week of April 20, the last week for which data is available so far, the province registered 1,965 deaths, a 51.2 per cent increase over the 1,300 deaths recorded during the same week of 2019.
By age group, there were 1,560 deaths among people aged 70 and over during the week of April 20, a nearly 60 per cent increase over the same period a year ago.
From the week of March 23 to the week of April 20, 6,595 people over the age of 70 died in Quebec of all causes combined, compared with 5,040 deaths during the same period in 2019.