The COVID-19 situation in Quebec is not getting any better as the province announced 698 new coronavirus cases on Saturday and 896 new cases on Sunday— which marked the highest daily increase since May 6 when 1,036 new cases were reported.
As cases continue to rise, Health Minister Christian Dubé says he expects Montreal’s alert status to change to red later this week.
“I think we’ve reached that point,” Dubé said Sunday night on Radio-Canada talk show Tout le monde en parle. Montreal and Quebec City will go from orange to red alert status “in the coming days.”
“What we’ll try to do in the coming days, it’s our biggest challenge, to find an equilibrium mainly — I’ll be very transparent — in Montreal and Quebec City, which are the hardest hit, they’re very close to the red zone.”
Health officials also reported four additional deaths attributed to the coronavirus: two in the past 24 hours, and two who died between Sept. 20-25.
The province has now recorded a total of 71,901 COVID-19 cases and 5,825 deaths, including 216 hospitalizations and 41 people in intensive care.