Quebec reports 2,546 new coronavirus cases, 32 more deaths as hospitalizations climb

WATCH: Canada's overall number of COVID-19 cases have now surpassed 600,000. Ontario and Quebec's case numbers continue to surge, amid fears about rising hospitalizations and a post-holiday spike in infections. As Eric Sorensen explains, health officials are warning everyone to keep taking the virus seriously.

Quebec is reporting 2,546 new cases of the novel coronavirus Monday as the second wave of the pandemic continues to surge.

Health authorities also recorded 32 additional deaths in the province, including nine that occurred in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 caseload stands at 212,850 and the health crisis has led to the deaths of 8,379 Quebecers to date. Recoveries have topped 181,000.

Hospitalizations jumped once again by 69 to 1,294. Of those patients, 188 are in intensive care units, an increase of nine from the previous day.

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Health Minister Christian Dubé said on social media that the uptick continues to be concerning.

“To bring down cases, we need your co-operation for the tracing done by public health and for compliance with measures to protect the elderly,” he wrote.

When it comes to screening, the latest data shows 21,238 tests were given Saturday. So far, there have been more than 4.9 million tests.

Quebec has vaccinated 1,711 additional people. A total of 30,473 doses have administered since the vaccination campaign launched last month.

The provincewide holiday lockdown, which began Christmas Day, remains in place until at least next week. All non-essential businesses are closed until Jan. 11.

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