Coronavirus: Kahnawake hits pause on reopening plans as Quebec numbers remain steady

As Quebec moved this week to allow gatherings of up to 250 people both indoors and outdoors, a Mohawk community south of Montreal isn’t following suit.

Officials in Kahnawake say they will stick to a 50-person limit for gatherings and say a plan to open bars and gaming establishments next Monday has been postponed indefinitely.

In a statement, the body overseeing Kahnawake’s pandemic response says the decision comes as statistical trends suggest there will be an increase in the weekly number of new infections in the province.

Quebec reported 123 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday along with two additional deaths.

1:41 Kahnawake community fighting to keep it’s community safe from COVID-19

Kahnawake community fighting to keep it’s community safe from COVID-19

The Health Department reported three fewer hospitalizations for 169, but three more patients are in intensive care, for a total of 21.

The province has been hardest hit by the pandemic in Canada, recording 59,845 cases and 5,685 deaths.

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