As province sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases in months, experts sound the alarm

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Quebec reported an additional 216 new cases on Monday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

(Franca G. Mignacca/ CBC News) — As the number of new daily COVID-19 cases in Quebec continues to creep upwards, health officials are cautioning the public to heed government restrictions and not slack off on physical distancing measures.

After recording 205 new cases Sunday — the highest number the province had seen in more than three months,Quebec reported an additional 216 new cases on Monday.

That means the province now has a seven-day moving average of 20.4 cases per million inhabitants. Quebec’s health authorities had previously said they hoped to keep that number below 20 cases per million.

Dr. Caroline Quach, an infectious disease specialist, said that while the increase may in part be connected to growing testing numbers and contact tracing strategies, it is still a major concern.

“It’s a few days now that this increase in the number of cases has been bothering us. It’s already been more than a week that we’re above 100 cases and it’s been a few days that we’ve been above 170,” said Quach. (…)

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