Quebec nixes Christmas gatherings as coronavirus cases climb

Quebec is prohibiting gatherings over the Christmas holiday season as novel coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations continue to mount in the province.

Premier François Legault announced the move Thursday, more than one week ahead of his self-imposed deadline to issue a decision for the holiday season.

Earlier this week, Legault said the government was mulling its options as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic gains steam.

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In November, the province had issued a revised plan to allow Quebecers to see each other for a maximum of two gatherings from Dec. 24-27. In exchange, people had to voluntarily quarantine the week before and after.

Quebec reported 1,470 new cases and 30 additional deaths Thursday after hitting a record high of new infections the previous day.

The caseload of the province, which has been hard hit by the health crisis, stands at 146,532. Since March, 7,155 people have died.

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