Montreal reports highest daily COVID-19 increase since start of pandemic

Dec 10 2020, 12:34 pm

Montreal has recorded the highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March.

At a press conference from Montreal on Thursday, the city’s public health director, Dr. Mylène Drouin, said Montrealers need to respect the precautionary guidelines as city cases are “increasing too quickly.”

Over the past 24 hours, 648 new COVID-19 cases have been reported. Total Montreal cases have risen to 55,908 along with 3,688 deaths.

Drouin specified that cases in long-term care homes (CHSLDs) and retirement homes (RPAs) are the “most difficult to control” and said cases within Montrealers aged 85 are the highest distribution of the virus.

She said the “one good thing” is Montreal has not seen an increase in the 65-to-84 age group. “That makes me happy,” said Drouin.

According to Santé Montreal, there are 268 active outbreaks on the island — mostly in schools, workplaces, and daycares.

Drouin says Montrealers and businesses need to “make a better effort” to enforce and follow guidelines as we approach the holidays.

During the presser, Sonia Bélanger, head of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, said the number of frontline workers who tested positive for the virus or who are awaiting results is growing as well.

Provincially, Quebec reported its second-highest daily increase with 1,842 new COVID-19 cases. Total coronavirus cases in the province have now reached 158,310 along with 7,382 deaths.