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Quebec reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases as third wave continues

A man waits to be tested for COVID-19 at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 28, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Quebec is reporting 1,025 new cases and nine additional deaths Wednesday as officials consider tightening restrictions to stem the tide of third wave of COVID-19.

The caseload now stands at 311,091 while recoveries have topped 291,000. The province’s death toll has reached 10,667.

Hospitalizations related to the pandemic dropped by two to 485. Of those patients, 120 are in intensive care units, a decrease of six from the previous day.

The latest vaccination efforts saw another 42,298 jabs given Tuesday. So far, more 1.3 million shots have been administered in the province.

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When it comes to screening, 38,757 tests were conducted Monday, the latest day for which that information is available.

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Meanwhile, public health officials in Quebec City have ordered a gym to close after detecting 68 coronavirus cases allegedly linked to the facility.

Mathieu Boivin, a spokesman for the regional health authority in Quebec City, says officials inspected the Mega Fitness Gym on Tuesday and concluded it wasn’t taking proper steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

He says clients of the gym are linked to at least eight other workplace outbreaks.

With files from The Canadian Press

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