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Quebec reports 728 new cases, 16 deaths linked to COVID-19 pandemic

People wear face masks as they walk along a street in Montreal, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Quebec is reporting 728 new novel coronavirus cases and 16 additional deaths related to the health crisis Monday.

Health authorities say five of those deaths occurred in the past 24-hour period while the other fatalities have been retroactively added to the tally.

The province’s COVID-19 caseload now stands at 277,518. Recoveries, meanwhile, have surpassed 257,000.

The pandemic has claimed the lives of 10,229 Quebecers to date. However, a death that was previously attributed to the virus has been withdrawn from the toll following an investigation.

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Hospitalizations related to the health crisis dropped by one compared to the previous day. There are 804 people in hospital as of Monday.

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Of those patients, four more people are in intensive care units for a total of 136.

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When it comes to screening, the most recent data shows 22,649 tests were given Saturday.

The vaccination campaign saw another 912 doses provided Sunday in Quebec. There have been 294,886 vaccines given over the past two months.

Health Minister Christian Dubé says 90,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are expected this week. The immediate focus will be on the province’s seniors residences, he said.

Fines issued for flouting rules

Montreal police say the department received more than 400 calls about potential violations of public health orders aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The force says it issued 477 tickets from Feb. 8 to 14. This includes 280 fines to people allegedly flouting the nightly curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the city.

Meanwhile, the Sûreté du Québec says officers handed out 535 tickets last week.

Of those fines, provincial police say 307 of them were issued for non-compliance with the curfew. Eleven of those fines were given on highways in the Greater Montreal area.

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With files from The Canadian Press

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