Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec matches its fewest daily cases in months as province eyes reopening

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec reports its most new cases since early June
Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec reports its most new cases since early June

Health officials in Quebec have announced 92 new cases of COVID-19 and nine fatalities related to the virus, increasing the province’s totals to 54,766 and 5,417, respectively.

The 92 cases matches the same increase the province recorded June 16, according to Quebec’s health department. It’s the second time this week that the province has recorded less than 100 cases, and the fewest reported since mid-March, when health officials were only announcing cases that had been confirmed twice.

It is also the 14th straight day that the province has now reported less than 200 new cases of COVID-19, and the 21st straight day that it’s been below 300. Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded less than 300 cases since March 25.

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, it completed 8,242 tests for COVID-19.

Of the fatalities, six were recorded in the past 24 hours, while the other three occurred before June 13. The nine deaths is the fewest Quebec has announced since June 8, and the third fewest since early-April.

Montreal remains the province’s epicentre with 27,042 cases (up by 41 since Saturday) and 3,329 deaths (up by eight).

Of the province’s 54,766 cases, there are 23,322 people who have recovered, an increase of 121. Of Quebec’s 26,027 active cases, there are 521 people being treated in hospital (down by eight), which includes 61 in intensive care (down by one).

The latest positive news comes as Quebec plans to reopen several sectors and relax rules for gatherings indoors on Monday, with a particular impact on the Montreal area.

Restaurants will reopen in Joliette and the greater Montreal areas, while indoor gatherings of up to 10 people from three households will be also permitted. The same rules have applied elsewhere in Quebec since last week.

Across the province, gyms, cinemas, arenas, concert venues and places of worship may reopen with a maximum capacity of 50 people for indoor gatherings. Day camps will also be permitted to reopen Monday.

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