The provincial government has announced 477 new known cases of COVID-19, bringing the total up to 2,498 confirmed cases, as of Saturday.
Four more patients have died of the illness, according to Santé Quebec’s most recent update, bringing the province’s death toll to 22. The number of cases under investigation has also increased to 6,700.
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The spike in confirmed numbers is due to cases tested positive by hospital laboratories now being considered confirmed.
Santé Quebec explained earlier this week that “they no longer need validation by the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ).”
So far, a total of 43,000 cases have also turned up negative. Of Quebec’s 174 cases in the hospital, 57 are in intensive care.
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that anyone exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus would be denied boarding domestic flights or trains.
Transport Canada has formalized new measures across the country to prevent the spread of the virus. People with symptoms are asked to self-isolate and remain where they are.
The new travel restrictions will take effect on Monday, March 30 at 12 pm EST.
With files from Megan Devlin.