Although COVID-19 is relatively controlled in some regions of Quebec, the government says the situation in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is "serious" and could worsen before it improves.\nThat's according to Minister of Health Christian Dubé, who travelled to the region for a press briefing on Monday.\n\n\nHe was accompanied by Andrée Laforest, the minister responsible for the region.\n\nEditor's Choice: Legault Responded To New COVID-19 Vaccine Updates With A Few Reminders For Quebecers\n\n\n“\n\n\nTwo weeks ago we were here with about 50 cases per day and now we are working with about 100 cases daily. I wouldn't be surprised if that number goes up before it goes down.\n\n\nHealth Minister Chrisitan Dubé\n\n\n\n\nMinister Dubé wanted to send "a message of hope" by comparing the Saguenay with the Capitale-Nationale region, where the situation grew worse before improving.\n\n\n"It's normal to be fed up. [...] If we don't reduce our contacts, we will continue to see an increase in cases," he said.\n\n\nMinister Laforest added that her region had counted 634 cases in a single week and, since October 15, 27 deaths and 73 active outbreaks. \n\n\n"It's huge," she underlined, adding that the situation was "critical" and that the citizens had to "stay strong."\n\n\nAs of Monday, the region has 94 new cases of COVID-19.\n\n\nThis article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.