Quebec reports 933 new cases, 16 deaths

Record Staff

Quebec reported 16 additional deaths and 933 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as new partial lockdown measures were put in place in Montreal, Quebec City, and the Chaudiere-Appalaches region. This brings the total number of people infected to 75,221 and the total number of deaths related to the virus so far to 5,850. The number of hospitalizations increased by 13 compared to the previous day, for a cumulative total of 275. Among these, the number of people in intensive care increased by 3, for a total of 46.
Wednesday’s eight cases in the Estrie region proved a fluke on Thursday as the regional total increased by 28 to 1,798. The number of people hospitalized decreased by three to six.
The CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUSreported limited change in the status of the various outbreaks being monitored in the region. The Youville and Argyll long term care facilities and the Fleurimont Hospital remain under outbreak watch, and new outbreaks of fewer than five people have been declared at the École des Bâtisseurs and a garage in the Haute Yamaska region.
Under the new measures in the province’s red zones, Bars, casinos, concert halls, cinemas, museums and libraries are to be closed and restaurants will be limited to takeout. On Thursday afternoon Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon announced that bars and restaurants that are forced to close will be eligible for up to $15,000 in loan forgiveness as a form of financial support.
While private gatherings have been prohibited only in the critical zones, public health officials across the province have asked people to voluntarily take steps to limit contact with others over the month of October in order to curb the spread across all regions.

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