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Quebec’s coronavirus death toll tops 6,500 as cases, hospitalizations climb

A nurse waits for patients at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, on Monday, November 9, 2020. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Quebec has surpassed 6,500 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus Wednesday as the second wave of the pandemic bears down on the province.

The daily tally of new COVID-19 cases reached 1,378, marking the eighth day where new infections topped 1,000. The caseload stands at 118,529 while recoveries have surpassed 100,000.

Health authorities say 22 deaths were reported, including six in the last 24-hour period. Sixteen deaths occurred between Nov. 4 and Nov. 9.

The health crisis, which began in March, has claimed the lives of 6,515 Quebecers.

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Hospitalizations climbed by 39 on Wednesday. There are 573 patients in hospital across the province.

Of them, 84 are in intensive care, an increase of two from the previous day.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé said the rise in hospitalizations is a result of a spike in cases in some areas.

“We all have a collective effort to make, let’s continue to respect the measures and limit our contacts,” he wrote.

There were 24,198 tests administered Monday, the latest day for which screening information is available.

Premier François Legault said Tuesday there has been an uptick in cases in recent days and officials are keeping a close eye on five regions, including Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Lanaudière.

Tightened measures in designated red zones will remain in place until Nov. 23, he added.

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With files from the Canadian Press