Quebec Premier François Legault said stricter COVID-19 measures in Montreal are "not impossible" in the coming weeks, as case numbers in other regions of Quebec continue to rise.

During a press conference on April 13, the premier also said that for the time being, Quebec will keep Montreal schools and non-essential businesses open as well as keep the 8 p.m. curfew.

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"Obviously, we want to keep schools open as long as possible, but it is not impossible that, in the coming weeks, in very dense regions like Montreal and Laval, we will have to go further," Legault said.

The premier cited three "worrisome" areas of Quebec — the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais —  and noted that the "450" regions near Montreal have seen a "certain rise" in cases.

Santé Montreal reported 300 new COVID-19 cases in Montreal in the last 24 hours.