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Quebec reports 960 new COVID-19 cases, six deaths as hospitalizations drop slightly

Quebec is reporting 960 new cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths linked to the pandemic, including one in the last 24 hours.

Hospitalizations declined for a fifth straight day, down by eight to 539, while the number of people in intensive care dropped by six to 124. 

The province gave 74,694 doses of vaccine on Saturday, and has currently administered at least one shot to almost 42 per cent of the population.

The latest update comes as the Quebec City region and parts of the Outaouais prepare to reopen high schools and non-essential stores on Monday.

The Quebec government announced last week it would lift special lockdown measures in those parts of the province, which includes pushing the nightly curfew from 8 p.m. to 9:30.

However, the province said Saturday that the Estrie region east of Montreal will see its alert level rise from orange to red on Monday, resulting in tighter restrictions after its case numbers jumped in the last week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021

The Canadian Press