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8th COVID-19 Case In Quebec Confirmed As First Major Montreal Event Cancelled

Several employees at a local hospital are also under quarantine.
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8th COVID-19 Case In Quebec Confirmed As First Major Montreal Event Cancelled

Hours after announcing Wednesday morning that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quebec had reached seven, the provincial health ministry announced an eighth case. The latest coronavirus infection is in the Mauricie region. "The individual had recently been travelling," says Minister Danielle McCann.

At the moment, there is no word as to whether or not the person has come in contact with anyone in the area.

The World Figure Skating Championship, meanwhile, has been cancelled. The event was supposed to take place in Montreal between March 16 and 22. So far, it's the only major event to have been cancelled because of coronavirus. 

Minutes later, it was announced that several employees in Montreal's Hôpital Notre-Dame near Parc La Fontaine are under quarantine after coming into contact with someone infected with COVID-19. 

Mayor Valérie Plante yesterday announced that Montreal's Civil Security Center is on "alert mode" in response to the worldwide pandemic.

"The risk of contracting the virus remains low, but we take all necessary precautions to act quickly, preventively and safely for everyone," said Minister McCann in an official statement

Organizations across the province are taking precautions to safeguard the public from contracting the virus. 

The STM announced Wednesday that it would increase the frequency of its cleanings on stations, buses, and trains.

The transit company has also distributed disinfectant wipes to many of its employees.

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This news comes after health officials released the itinerary of a person with COVID-19 who took metro and bus lines in Montreal and Longueuil.

Major events around the world continue to be cancelled or postponed. 

In Canada, Tim Hortons has eliminated paper cups in its popular Roll Up The Rim contest to protect customers and employees.

The promotion has moved entirely to the Tim Hortons mobile app and Rewards program, bringing sudden change to an already-revolutionized contest.

There's no word yet as to whether the Montreal St. Patrick's Day Parade will be cancelled or postponed. 

This is a developing story. This article will be updated. 

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