Quebec’s well being minister expressed concern over rising COVID-19 numbers in three areas on Sunday, because the variety of instances confirmed or believed to be linked to contagious variants soared previous the ten,000 mark.
Christian Dubé stated on Twitter that he’s nervous about case numbers within the Quebec Metropolis, Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais areas.
“Regardless of an look of stability in Quebec, some areas are experiencing a regarding (rise) in new instances,” he wrote.
Quebec reported 1,154 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday and 9 further deaths linked to the virus, together with one which occurred within the final 24 hours.
The areas cited by Dubé had been amongst these designated as “pink” zones final week as they moved to the province’s highest COVID-19 alert stage after a couple of weeks on the much less restrictive “orange” classification.
Premier François Legault additionally imposed stricter lockdown measures in Quebec Metropolis, Lévis and Gatineau that started Thursday and can final not less than 10 days.
Residents in these cities, that are within the larger Quebec Metropolis and Outaouais areas, must abide by an 8 p.m. curfew, whereas faculties can be closed and non-essential companies briefly shuttered.
The brand new rise in instances has been linked to extra contagious variants, which now account for 64 per cent of recent COVID-19 diagnoses within the province.
Quebec introduced 779 new presumed instances involving variants on Sunday, which introduced the provincial whole previous the ten,000 mark to 10,337.
The variety of confirmed variant instances was unchanged at 1,592.
Whereas instances involving variants had been initially concentrated principally in Montreal, they’ve since been detected in all however two areas of the province.
Hospitalizations elevated by one to 502 on Sunday, whereas the variety of sufferers in intensive care rose by 4 to 128.
Well being employees gave 41,073 doses of vaccine Saturday for a complete of 1,529,541 pictures.
Quebec additionally introduced it had acquired over 135,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and virtually 340,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca, each of which can be transiting via the well being community within the coming days.
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