Quebec coroner’s office to hold public inquiry into coronavirus deaths at long-term care homes

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Posted June 17, 2020 12:54 pm

Paramedics transport a patient from Maison Herron, a long-term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, Que., on Saturday, April 11, 2020, as COVID-19 cases rise in Canada and around the world.

Paramedics transport a patient from Maison Herron, a long-term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, Que., on Saturday, April 11, 2020, as COVID-19 cases rise in Canada and around the world. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Quebec’s chief coroner is ordering a public inquiry into the deaths of residents at long-term care homes during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“This entirely public process will allow the Quebec population to be informed of the facts raised during the hearings and to follow reflection on this important social issue,” the coroner’s office said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Quebec is the province hit hardest by the health crisis, and as of Wednesday, it saw another 29 deaths attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, for a total of 5,298.

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