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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern):

11:15 a.m.

A Manitoba church accused of repeatedly violating COVID-19 restrictions could face a fine of up to $1 million.

The Church of God Restoration, south of Steinbach, has already been given tickets after holding in-person services contrary to public health orders.

Now the provincial government says the matter is heading to court, where a judge will determine a potential penalty, up to a maximum of $1 million.

11 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 150 new COVID-19 cases today and four more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, none of which occurred in the past 24 hours.

Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by two, to 263, and 60 people were in intensive care, a rise of two.

The province says 64,973 doses of COVID-19 were administered in the last 24 hours, for a total of 6,220,734; about 66.4 per cent of eligible Quebecers have received a first dose.

Premier Fran├žois Legault will hold a COVID-19 briefing this afternoon in Quebec City.

10:30 a.m.

Ontario reports that there are 469 new cases of COVID-19 in the province and 18 more deaths linked to the virus.

It’s the lowest daily infections total for Ontario since Sept. 26, when the province reported 435 new cases.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 182 of today’s cases are in Toronto, 76 are in Peel Region, and 40 are in the Porcupine Health Unit region in northeast Ontario.

Ontario says more than 158,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the province yesterday, for a total of more than 10.2 million doses so far.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press