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As Quebec shatters COVID-19 record, health experts warn Canada could see 10,000 new 19 cases per day

As Quebec shatters COVID-19 record, health experts warn Canada could see 10,000 new 19 cases per day
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The weekend update of COVID-19 cases in the province of Quebec and across the rest of Canada isn't looking good. 

Yesterday, Quebec reported 1,448 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day number of new cases in the province since the start of the pandemic.

Today, Quebec health officials reported an additional 1,211 new cases— making it the twelfth day in a row with more than 1,000 cases in the province while bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 123,854.

The province also recorded 25 new deaths on Saturday and another 15 deaths linked to the disease, on Sunday morning.

Quebec’s death toll now stands at 6,626.

587 patients are hospitalized due to the virus. Of those patients, 89 are in intensive care.

According to a new report published by the province on its website, nearly 50% of the province's outbreaks are occurring in workplaces, while 29% are happening in schools.

It’s not just Quebec that is doing worse. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued a warning on Friday that if Canada continues its current trajectory, we could see 10,000 new COVID-19 cases per day by early December.

“If we continue on the current pace, it is estimated that there will be over 10,000 cases daily by early December,” she said. “An important driver of this increased disease activity continues to be informal social gatherings.”

To date, Canada has reported 282,577 COVID-19 cases and 10,768 deaths.

 

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