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Coronavirus: Quebec reports 8 more deaths, 79 new cases

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Quebec’s daily number of confirmed new coronavirus cases dropped back below the 100 mark on Sunday with 79 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Health authorities reported eight new deaths, seven of which occurred before June 27. This brings the COVID-19 death toll in the province to 5,574 since the start of the crisis.

The number of hospitalizations has continued to slide, dropping from 375 to 371 in the past 24 hours. One fewer patient is in intensive care since Saturday, lowering the total to 26.

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Montreal remains the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in Quebec with 27,417 cases.

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As the province has gradually reopened sectors, health authorities have said they’ve been keeping watch for outbreaks, like the one on Montreal’s South Shore where health officials warned of COVID-19 cases stemming from people who went to a bar in Brossard, Que.

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On Saturday, the province recorded over 100 daily cases for the first time since June 20.

Quebec public health officials are asking that people continue practicing COVID-19 distancing measures and continue wearing masks despite the reopening of the province.

Officials say the average age of people getting infected is increasingly lower, meaning more younger people are now catching the virus and spreading it by not respecting proper measures.

Quebec public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda said Quebec’s potential second wave will be as big or as small as the people’s efforts to maintain physical distancing.

–With files from Global News’ Gloria Henriquez and The Canadian Press

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