It's also the first time Quebec's daily tally of new cases has surpassed 3,000.
New cases of COVID-19 recorded in Quebec on January 8
Montreal makes up almost half of the newly reported cases, recording 1,531 new cases of COVID-19 on January 8.
Hours before the Quebec curfew was set to take effect, the province had reached a total of 226,233 people infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began — 85% of whom had since recovered, according to government data.
The province also reported 41 new COVID-19 deaths, 12 of which occurred in the last 24 hours. Twenty-four deaths occurred between January 2 and 7, and five occurred before January 2.
Hospitalizations decreased by 11 in Quebec, for a total of 1,392 COVID-19 patients in-hospital and 206 COVID-19 patients in intensive care.
A total of 75,123 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Quebecers.
All of Quebec, save for the Cree Territory of James Bay and Nunavik, will enter a maximum-alert lockdown with new measures tonight, including a curfew between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.