Health authorities reported 698 new confirmed COVD-19 cases on Saturday as the number of infections continues to surge in Quebec.
Seven more deaths were also reported, which occurred between Sept. 19 and 24. This brings the total COVID-19 death toll to 5,821 in the province.
Hospitalizations have gone up by 18 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 217 — 45 of which are in intensive care (up two from Friday).
According to public health’s latest data, 33,148 tests were conducted on Sept. 24. Quebec has so far administered 2,233,455 tests since the beginning of the health crisis.
Quebec has seen 71,005 positive novel coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Quebec asks citizens to stop social gatherings to ‘break’ second coronavirus wave
On Friday Quebec health officials asked all citizens to limit their social gatherings for 28 days as the number of novel coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to increase amid the second wave of the pandemic.
“We’re asking you for a month of effort to break the second wave,” said Health Minister Christian Dubé.
The plea comes as the province surpassed the grim milestone of 70,000 cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 25.
The government also raised the alert level to orange for the entire Greater Montreal area, including the north and south shores. The designation calls for moderate alert and tighter restrictions for 82 municipalities.