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Quebec reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for first time since May

Last Updated Oct 2, 2020 at 9:26 am MST

In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. THE CANADIAN PRESS/CDC via AP, File

MONTREAL – Quebec is reporting 1,052 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

It is the first time since early May that new cases have topped 1,000 in the province hardest hit by the novel coronavirus.

The new cases bring the provincial total to 76,273.

No new deaths related to the virus were reported today in Quebec, leaving the death count since the beginning of the pandemic at 5,857.

The rising number of cases prompted the Quebec government this week to declare its highest alert level for greater Montreal, Quebec City, and a region south of the provincial capital.