Quebec surpasses 1,000 new daily COVID-19 cases for first time since mid-February

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Quebec is reporting more than 1,000 new daily COVID-19 infections for the first time since mid-February.

Health officials reported 1,009 cases today and eight more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including two in the past 24 hours.

Officials say hospitalizations remained stable at 481, and 108 people were in intensive care, a drop of seven.

Despite the rise in cases over the last few days, the government says it reached the milestone of vaccinating 75 per cent of people aged 80 and over with at least one dose of vaccine.

The province says it administered 53,796 doses of vaccine Friday, for a total of 1,176,670.

Quebec has reported a total of 307,394 COVID-19 infections and 10,645 deaths linked to the virus; it has 7,617 active reported cases.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2021.

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