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Quebec reports 180 new COVID-19 cases, as bar patios reopen in Montreal, Quebec City

The SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO-NIAID-RML, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

MONTREAL – Quebec is reporting 180 new cases of COVID-19 today, the sixth consecutive day health officials have reported fewer than 200 new infections.

Officials are also reporting one more death attributed to the novel coronavirus.

The Health Department says hospitalizations dropped by seven, to 244, and 59 people were in intensive care, a drop of five.

Health Minister Christian Dube says the province expects to receive 600,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next week and 900,000 doses the week of June 21. Quebec has struggled with its plan to accelerate second doses due to limited vaccine supplies.

Officials say 98,455 doses of vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours and 77.4 per cent of Quebecers over 12 have received at least one dose. They say 10.9 per cent of residents are full vaccinated.

Bar patios reopened in several regions today, including Montreal and Quebec City, and bars will be permitted to fully reopen on Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 11, 2021.