Quebec reports 890 new cases, 32 deaths tied to coronavirus pandemic

Quebec is reporting 890 new cases and 32 more deaths associated with the novel coronavirus Monday as the health crisis continues.

The caseload has now reached 263,473 as the province remains a hotspot for the virus. Meanwhile, recoveries have topped 240,000.

The pandemic has claimed the lives of 9,826 Quebecers so far, representing nearly half of the country’s staggering death toll, which surpassed 20,000 this past weekend.

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The number of hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 rose by eight compared to the previous day. There are 1,144 patients in hospital.

Of them, 183 people are in intensive care units as of Monday, a drop of eight.

When it comes to screening, health authorities say 27,279 tests were given Saturday. There have been more than 5.8 million tests over the course of the crisis.

Quebec administered 796 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Sunday as the province’s supply dwindles. So far, 239,023 vaccines have been given.

Quebecers fined for violating public health measures

Montreal police say they received 536 calls last week about possible violations of public health measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Officers handed out 699 tickets to Montrealers from Jan. 25 to 31. Of those tickets, police say 323 were for flouting the nightly curfew.

Quebec is the only province to have issued a curfew. Under the order, people must stay home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. with few exceptions.

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