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Quebec passes 130k COVID-19 cases as police conducted more than 400 inspections last week

Quebec passes 130k COVID-19 cases as police conducted more than 400 inspections last week
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Quebec has added 1,154 new COVID-19 cases and 23 additional deaths this morning as the province passes 130,000 cases since the pandemic began in March.

Thirteen of the new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours. The other 10 deaths occurred between Nov. 16 and 21.

A total of 624 Quebecers are currently hospitalized because of the virus, with 103 in intensive care.

Quebec has reported a total of 133,206 cases and 6,842 deaths linked to COVID-19.

The data comes as Montreal police say they conducted more than 400 COVID-related inspections last week including breaking up a weekend dance party at a suburban Montreal shopping centre.

According to authorities, local police and mall security intervened after about five minutes of dancing at Place Rosemere, a mall located in Rosemere, Que., on Saturday afternoon.

Approximately 30 people attended the event, which was filmed and widely shared online before. Dancers were quickly dispersed by local police and the mall's security officers.

“We were informed that people were playing music and not respecting social distancing. [They] weren’t wearing masks,” said Martin Charron, an inspector for the Therese-de Blainville police force.

Charron said the person who organized the event was identified and would receive three tickets: one for organizing an event against public health rules, one for not wearing a mask in public, and a third for not following physical distancing rules.

Charron said it's the first time the Therese-De Blainville police had to intervene at an anti-mask event.

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