Quebec will not close bars as province sees 141 new coronavirus cases

Quebec will not shut down bars again for now as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, the province’s premier said Friday.

François Legault told reporters he consulted with public health authorities and that the recent surge in new COVID-19 infections appear to be stemming from private parties and not from bars.

“We will continue to follow the situation in bars,” he said.

Legault urged Quebecers to keep private gatherings at their homes to a maximum of 10 people. He said this is especially important as the province’s annual two-week construction holiday begins.

“It’s not the time to do this,” he said. “We have to be very careful so that we do not have to be reconfined.”

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Authorities in Quebec reported 141 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 57,142.

The health crisis has killed 5,647 to date after one more death was recorded from the previous day.

There are 260 patients in hospital, a decrease of 17 from Thursday. The number of people in intensive care has dropped by four to 16.

The province says it conducted 14,952 tests Wednesday, the last day for which data is available.

Quebec remains the province with the highest number of cases and deaths attributable to COVID-19 in the country.

With files from the Canadian Press

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