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Quebec reports 655 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths

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Quebec reported 655 new cases and two additional deaths Thursday as the COVID-19 health crisis continues.

The number of pandemic-related hospitalizations increased by five to 311. Of those patients, there were 91 in intensive care units, which remained the same compared with the previous day.

The vaccination campaign saw another 14,077 doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine doled out in the past 24 hours. The province has given more than 12.9 million shots to date.

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Health officials say 33,551 tests were administered Tuesday, the latest day for which that information is available.

Quebec has registered 410,180 cases and 11,371 deaths attributable to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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The province has topped 392,000 recoveries over the course of the health crisis.

Fines for vaccine passport violations

Quebec’s public security department said police forces across the province have issued 34 tickets related to the province’s vaccine passport system.

Proof of vaccination is required to access a range of non-essential businesses and services, including bars and gyms, since Sept. 1. There was a two-week grace period before fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 for rule breakers came into effect.

Marie-Josée Montminy, spokeswoman for the department, said 31 tickets were issued between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26.

During that same time frame, police conducted 1,726 inspections related to the health order.

with files from The Canadian Press

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