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As cold weather arrives, U.S. states see record increases 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 in the Midwest, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., October 2, 2020. Photo by REUTERS/Alex Wroblewski

Nine U.S. states have reported record increases in COVID-19 cases over the last seven days, mostly in the upper Midwest and West where chilly weather is forcing more activities indoors.

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

Health experts have long warned that colder temperatures driving people inside could promote the spread of the virus. 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 COVID-19 cases for third straight day

CP-Web. People wear face masks as they cross a street in Montreal, 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 over 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the third straight day on Sunday, public health officials said, as the province moved three more towns to the highest pandemic alert level.

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

“Over the past few days, we’ve noted a worrying increase in confirmed cases in certain sectors of Gaspesie,” Health Minister Christian Dube said. “We absolutely need to slow transmission.”

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