Quebec reports 292 new cases, 5 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 as hospitalizations jump

Quebec Premier François Legault is expected to provide an update on the novel coronavirus pandemic as it stretches past the six-month mark.

He will be in Quebec City alongside Health Minister Christian Dubé and Dr. Horacio Arruda, director of Quebec public health, Tuesday afternoon.

The update comes amid an upward trend in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks and as the province reports higher levels of community transmission.

Quebec is also cracking down on people not wearing masks when required. Over the past two weeks, Legault has repeatedly warned citizens to abide by public health directives, such as physical distancing, in order to stem the tide of the virus.

Health authorities reported 292 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the province’s total to 65,554. It is the third consecutive day in which more than 275 cases were recorded in a 24-hour period.

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Five additional deaths were reported from the previous day, though authorities say only one death occurred in the past 24 hours. The province’s death toll attributable to COVID-19 stands at 5,785.

The number of hospitalizations also spiked by nine for a total of 133. Of them, 23 people are in intensive care — an increase of four.

Quebec gave 21,500 tests on Sunday, the latest day for which that data is available. So far, 1,932,847 tests have been carried out.

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