Quebec reports lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since September.

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MONTREAL — Quebec health authorities are reporting 505 new cases of COVID-19, the lowest number since September.

Vaccination across the province continues apace, with some Quebecers under 18 starting to receive shots on Friday in Nicolet and Shawinigan, northeast of Montreal.

The Health Department says it administered more than 96,000 doses in the past 24 hours for a total of 4.84 million.

Quebec's public health institute said Friday that 52.5 per cent of all Quebecers have received at least one dose of vaccine as the rollout ramps up.

The province is reporting seven new deaths linked to the virus, one of which took place in the past 24 hours.

Hospitalizations dropped by 13 to 424, while the number of patients in intensive care decreased by three to 103.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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