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Canada surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 cases as Quebec breaks a daily record

Canada surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 cases as Quebec breaks a daily record
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Canada now has over 500,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as infections continue to surge.

The country surpassed half a million cases on Saturday, an increase of 100, 000 cases in just 15 days this month, marking the shortest growth period since the start of the pandemic.

It took six months for Canada to register its first 100,000 cases of the virus, four months to reach 200,000, less than a month to hit 300,000, and 18 days to hit 400,000.

Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces hardest hit by the pandemic, each recorded over 2000 daily case counts over the weekend.

On December 18, Quebec reported 2,038 new cases, and on December 19, 2,146 new cases which is the highest daily case count in the province so far.

Earlier today, Quebec health authorities reported another 2,108 new cases of COVID-19, marking the third day in a row the province has reached over 2,000 new cases in one single day.

The updated numbers bring Quebec's total case count to 152,869 since the start of the pandemic.

7,766 Quebec residents have died from COVID-19.

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