Quebec reports 1,162 new COVID-19 cases

Credit: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MONTREAL — Quebec reported 1,162 new cases of COVID-19 and 38 more deaths on Tuesday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 117,151 confirmed cases and 6,493 people have died.

There are 534 people in hospital (a decrease of six), including 82 in intensive care (an increase of six).

Quebec Premier François Legault has ruled out the possibility of lifting red-zone restrictions early, with two weeks remaining in the second 28-day partial lockdown.

Legault said Tuesday the spread of the virus is particularly concerning in certain regions: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Lanaudière, Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec and the Gaspésie.

The Eastern Townships, meanwhile, is set to enter the red zone on Thursday, joining much of the province in being subjected to heightened restrictions.

— Information from CBC News was used in this report.

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