Quebec warns more coronavirus restrictions possible as new cases top 1,000

Quebec has surpassed one its highest novel coronavirus daily tallies since the spring with more than 1,000 new cases reported Friday.

Premier François Legault urged citizens to exercise more caution as the uptick continues, saying more restrictions may be implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

“It’s urgent to reduce our social contacts,” he told reporters Friday. “We might need to close other activities in the coming days. We have to adopt new habits.”

The warning comes as a partial lockdown in underway three regions, including Montreal and Quebec City — the province’s two largest cities. Bars, cinemas, theatres, libraries and the dining rooms of restaurants in those areas are closed until at least Oct. 28.

“At 1,000 cases, we’re thinking we might have to do more,” Legault said.

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Since the pandemic started, Quebec has been the province hardest hit by the virus. To date, there have been 76,273 cases. There are more than 61,000 recoveries.

The province also saw seven additional deaths attributable to COVID-19 on Friday, but authorities say they occurred in September. To date, the death toll stands at 5,857.

Hospitalizations also continued to climb Friday with 302 patients, an increase of 27 from the previous day. Of them, 49 are in intensive care.

A total of 30,948 tests were conducted Wednesday. Since March, 2,399,143 tests have been administered.

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With files from the Canadian Press

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