New red zone measures announced as cases increase

Record Staff
New red zone measures announced as cases increase

Quebec saw an increase of 1,191 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the highest single-day rise to date and the fourth day in a row where the figure was above 1,000. This brought the total number of people infected in the province since the start of the pandemic to 79,650. The total number of deaths, meanwhile, climbed to 5,884, while the number of hospitalizations increased by 27 compared to the previous day, for a cumulative total of 361. Among these, the number of people in intensive care decreased by 2, for a total of 62.
A series of new measures were announced for Quebec’s red zones on Monday afternoon, Along with the news that three towns in the Gaspe region have been labeled as red zones. Included among the new regulations is an imperative that high school students wear masks at all times while on school grounds and the cancellation of all team sports. Universities and colleges in red zones were instructed to adopt emergency protocols and do as much as possible from a distance.
In the Estrie region there were 25 new cases on Monday, bringing the regional total to 1,896. The number of hospitalizations increased by one to eight, although there continue to be no COVID cases in intensive care.
Dr. Alain Poirier, regional public health director, said that although people should continue to take the virus seriously, the situation is not progressing as badly in the townships as it is elsewhere. While the region remains classified under the orange alert level, he said that the data put things closer to yellow than red.

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