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Quebec raises coronavirus alert level for parts of Lanaudière as province sees 1,038 new cases

A man wears a face mask as he shops at a market in Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Quebec is reporting an uptick in new cases, deaths and hospitalizations linked to the novel coronavirus Monday.

The province recorded 1,038 new infections, marking the fourth consecutive day that cases have topped 1,000. The caseload now stands at 94,429 since the health crisis began and there have been more than 78,000 recoveries.

Six additional deaths occurred due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, but authorities say two of them occurred in the last 24 hours. There have been 6,044 deaths to date in Quebec.

The number of hospitalizations also rose by five to 532. Of those patients, 92 are in intensive care, an increase of four from the previous day.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé took to social media Monday to reiterate his call for people to reduce their number of social contacts to limit the impact of the virus.

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“We need the co-operation of all Quebecers to break the wave,” he wrote, adding “we will all get there together.”

The province announced Monday it is also raising the coronavirus alert level for parts of the Lanaudière region. The Joliette et Autray areas will be designated red zones, with restrictions starting Thursday due to a “higher level of community transmission” of the virus.

In Quebec, 21,613 tests were conducted on Saturday, the latest day for which that data is available. There have been 2,822,963 tests to date.

The province remains the hardest hit by the pandemic since it bore down on Canada in March.

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