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Coronavirus live updates: Quebec logs 62 new cases, two more deaths

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11:30 a.m.

Quebec logs 62 new cases, two deaths

Quebec recorded 62 new cases and two deaths in the 24-hour period from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, the province’s public health department reported Tuesday morning.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province is now 61,803.

The province also reported one more death that occurred between Aug. 18 and 23 and removed a death from its official tally after it was determined not to have been caused by COVID-19. The number of fatalities now stands at 5,746.

There are currently 118 patients in hospital due to COVID-19, 12 of them in intensive care.

More details to come.

11:10 a.m.

Quebec shelves plans for COVID-19 tracing app

The Legault government is dropping the idea of asking Quebecers to download a COVID-19 tracing application on their phones.

The government has decided the risks and inconveniences of the technology outweigh the benefits.

But it has not ruled out the idea of trying the idea in the future.

Experts told a National Assembly committee this summer there were big questions about the safety, reliability and efficiency of such applications.

Others have said Quebec should at least try such an app, to better trace infected people.

See our full story here by Phil Authier.

11 a.m.

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