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Montreal (Quebec), Jul 22 (Canadian-Media): Quebec's sudden increase in the cases of coronavirus with 180 new cases on Jul 21, its highest daily increase since June 11, is attributed mainly to family contacts, said Quebec Health Ministry, media reports said.
Quebec Health Ministry. Image credit: Website
After experiencing the worst of the coronavirus outbreak, in late June that had left thousands dead in long-term care homes, the province of Quebec had started seeing a decline in the number of cases.
On the eve of summer, fewer than 90 new cases of coronavirus per day were being registered by the province on an average, compared to more than 800 just weeks earlier.
After seeing the downward trend of other public health indicators such as hospitalizations, deaths, Quebec Premier François Legault allowed the reopening of restaurants and bars where Quebecers could gather again in small groups.
But since the start of the month, the five-day rolling average of new cases has climbed from 70 to 159 left the health experts and politicians bewildered about the cause
Many in the province criticized the reopening of bars on June 25.
But the information compiled by Quebec's Health Ministry between June 28 and July 4 revealed fewer than five percent of new cases in the province could be traced to a bar, whereas around 35 percent were due to family contacts.