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Quebec reports 103 new COVID-19 cases as province urges public to get proof of vaccination as restrictions ease

People wear face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they walk through Chinatown in Montreal, Saturday, June 19, 2021. The city of Montreal unveiled an action plan Friday to protect the historic sector. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec is reporting 103 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday and two more virus-related deaths — neither of which happened in the last 24 hours.

This comes as three new regions will move to the green (least restrictive) level of the provincial pandemic response plan on Monday as Quebec continues its downward trajectory of COVID-19 infections.

The three regions are Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Mauricie-Centre-du-Quebec.

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The zone change will ease restrictions including limits on gatherings in homes, which can now host up to 10 people from three different addresses. In yellow zones, only two families are permitted.

Case numbers have been on a general decline since mid-April when daily counts routinely topped 1,500.

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The number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations dropped by eight from Saturday to 170. Of those, 39 patients are in the intensive care unit, the same as the day before.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is encouraging Quebecers inoculated against COVID-19 to get their proof of vaccination if they haven’t done so already.

In a Tweet Sunday morning, Dubé posted a link to the provincial government’s website where vaccination validation can be obtained.

The province saw 70,291 doses of the vaccine administered on Saturday and 5,479 doses were added to the toll from before June 19.

The total number of shots given since the start of the province’s immunization program in December 2020 is now at over 7.3 million.

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Quebec has reported more than 373,921 COVID-19 infections since the pandemic hit the province. At least 361,352 cases have recovered.

–with files from the Canadian Press

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