COVID-19 cases rise for fourth consecutive day in Quebec

Grant Boone
October 18, 2020

Dr. Theresa Tam issued a statement acknowledging that confusion over appropriate public health measures is understandable in light of the fact that the pandemic is playing out differently across different provinces and territories.

York Region has reported an average of 76 new daily cases of COVID-19 over the last week but on Thursday, they racked up 127 new infections.

Canada also recorded 9,746 deaths related to the virus.

Of the newly announced cases, 374 were in Toronto, 107 were in Peel, and 93 were in York Region.

Meanwhile, as of today, residents of long-term care homes in three regions where cases have been surging are not allowed to go out for social or personal reasons.

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This is the 56th day Ontario has reported new case numbers in the triple digits.

York Region joins Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa who were placed into a modified version of Stage 2 of Ontario's reopening plan one week ago. Designated caregivers can still visit.

The new restrictions will come into effect on Monday, Oct. 19, at 12:01 a.m., forcing gyms, indoor dining areas, theatres, bars, food courts and more to close across the municipality of more than 1.1 million people for 28 days.

With people across Canada being encouraged to get the flu shot as COVID-19 continues to spread, Ontario's Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott reassured the public that there isn't a "shortage" of flu vaccine, although many pharmacies have been running out of supply.

The province recorded a total of 1,279 new cases on Saturday, for a total of 92,297 coronavirus cases in Quebec.

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