Coronavirus surge leads to 1,470 new cases, 30 more deaths in Quebec

A pedestrian walks past Christmas decorations on MontrealÕs Sainte-Catherine Street, on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Quebec is reporting 1,470 new cases and 30 additional deaths Thursday as the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to bear down across the country.

Health authorities say 12 fatalities linked to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, were recorded in the last 24 hours, while the others were added retroactively.

The province has the highest caseload in the country at 146,532, while recoveries have topped 126,000. Since March, the pandemic has led to the deaths of 7,155 Quebecers.

Hospitalizations dropped by three Thursday. There are 737 patients in hospital.

Of those patients, the number in intensive care remains stable at 99.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé says he is concerned about the uptick in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent days.

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“We must not relax our efforts, everyone must limit their contacts,” he wrote on Twitter. “This is how we will manage to decrease the number of cases and hospitalizations in order to avoid deaths.”

Montreal reported the largest number of new cases Thursday, with 373, while the Quebec City, Montérégie and Lanaudière regions each reported 145 cases or more.

The province is also dealing with over 1,200 active outbreaks, with most taking place in workplaces, schools and living and care environments.

Quebec gave 34,136 tests on Tuesday, the latest day for which that information is available. More than 3.9 million tests have been administered so far.

With files from The Canadian Press