Quebec adds 180 new COVID-19 cases as Montreal bars welcome patrons back outside

Quebec is reporting 180 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death Friday as more pandemic-induced restrictions are relaxed in Montreal.

The latest daily tally of new infections is the sixth day in a row the count is under the 200 mark as the situation continues to improve.

When it comes to immunization, another 115,333 shots of the novel coronavirus vaccine were administered since the last report. So far, more than 6.5 million doses have been given in Quebec.

Anyone who is 60 and older can now bump up their appointment for their booster shot. The minimum age limit requirement will continue to drop throughout the month.

Health Minister Christian Dubé says the province expects to receive 600,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next week and 900,000 doses the week of June 21. Quebec has struggled with its plan to accelerate second doses due to limited vaccine supplies.

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He also thanked people for booking their shots and said that now 10 per cent of Quebecers are considered fully vaccinated.

“We must not let our guard down,” he wrote on Twitter. “Bravo to the young people who give us a boost thanks to their mobilization.”

Hospitalizations related to the health crisis continued to drop Friday. There are seven fewer patients, for a total of 244.

This includes 59 people in intensive care units, a decrease of five compared to the previous day.

Health officials say 22,726 tests were carried out Wednesday, the latest day for which that information is available.

The cast count now stands at 372,656 while the death toll has reached 11,167.

Recoveries, meanwhile, have now topped 359,000.

Bars reopen in Montreal, Quebec City

The province’s plan to ease restrictions also continued Friday with the long-awaited reopening of bars in Montreal and Quebec City.

Those establishments have mostly been shuttered since last October, when cases started to rise again in Quebec.

But as they welcome customers again, there are some rules in place to curb the spread of the virus.

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Patrons can sit outside on patios (terrasses) but they must be a maximum of two people from two households. One household may also sit together.

Drinkeries are also allowed to put on shows, but they are not permitted to serve alcohol at the same time.

The indoor part of bars remains off limits until Monday in those areas, when they will be allowed to reopen at reduced capacity.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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