COVID-19 Live Updates: Coronavirus News in Calgary for October 4

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As cold weather arrives, US states see record increase in COVID-19 cases

FILE PHOTO: People line up in their vehicles to undergo COVID-19 tests, distributed by the Wisconsin National Guard at the United Migrant Opportunity Services Center, as cases spread across the Midwest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, States United, October 2, 2020. Photo de REUTERS / Alex Wroblewski

Nine U.S. states have reported a record increase in COVID-19 cases over the past seven days, mostly in the upper Midwest and west, where cold weather forces more activity indoors.

On Saturday alone, four states – Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin – saw a record increase in new cases and nearly 49,000 new infections were reported nationwide, the highest for a Saturday in seven weeks , according to a Reuters analysis. Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wyoming also set new case records last week.

Health experts have long warned that colder temperatures pushing people indoors could help the virus spread. Daytime highs in the upper Midwest are now in the 50s Fahrenheit (10 Celsius).

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Quebec reports more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 for third consecutive day

CP-Web. People wear face masks when crossing a street in Montreal on Saturday, October 3, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS / Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – Quebec reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday for the third day in a row, public health officials said, as the province moved three more cities to the highest pandemic alert level.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the government of Quebec said the towns of Maria, Carleton-sur-Mer and Nouvelle, in Quebec, in the Gaspé Peninsula, will move to the red COVID-19 alert level at 11:59 p.m. Monday.

“Over the past few days, we have seen a worrying increase in confirmed cases in certain sectors of the Gaspé,” said Minister of Health, Christian Dube. “We absolutely have to slow down the transmission.”

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