Quebec Premier Francois Legault and his wife test negative for COVID-19

Katie Ramirez
September 23, 2020

A woman holds up a sign encouraging people to stay two metres apart during an outdoor event in Montreal, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world.

Health authorities announced 586 new cases across the province on Monday, Quebec's highest daily increase since late May, when the first wave began to subside.

Arruda's statement comes after three regions, including Montreal and Quebec City, were put under "moderate alert" Sunday.

The so-called orange alert, the second-highest level under the province's colour-coded COVID-19 alert system, means that indoor private gatherings in the province's two largest cities and in the Chaudière-Appalaches are now limited to six people, down from 10. Bars will also need to close by midnight instead of 1 a.m.

"I am concerned about the rise of the contagion in our regions however, I'm confident we can return back to the yellow zone".

However, in settings where people remain seated at safe distances, such as movie theatres and music venues, the limit is still 250.

The minister called on people in orange zones to limit their contact with others as much as possible and to avoid travelling to parts of the province that are classified as lower-risk zones.

"We can't let a recalcitrant minority ruin the hard work we've been doing these past six months", said Guilbault.

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Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott tweeted Monday morning that 31,700 tests were completed over the last day. According to Ford, the province has ordered 5.1 million doses of this year's flu vaccine and is continuing to work to order more.

Quebec is reporting 427 new cases of COVID-19, as well as five additional deaths. He says the province's cases increase in recent days has convinced him that the province has entered "dangerous territories again".

The province has now reported 66,653 cases and 5,792 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Health officials also said five additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus were reported on Sunday: one of them occurred in the last 24 hours, while the other four took place between September 13-18.

"At the beginning, we were ready to make sacrifices and they bore fruit", he said.

Health officials said Monday that the number of people in hospital increased by 10 compared with the prior day, for a total of 148.

Hospitalizations declined by five to 131, while the number of people in intensive case rose by one to 31.

Health officials carried out 29,079 tests on September 17, the last day for which data is available.

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