Saskatchewan reports new daily COVID-19 record with 66 cases on Monday

REGINA — Saskatchewan is reporting 66 new infections of COVID-19 as the province continues to deal with a rise in cases tied to gatherings.

The number pushes Canada over the 200,000 case mark nationally.

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Health officials say 25 of the new infections are in the Saskatoon area and connected to nightclubs and bars.

The 66 cases are a new daily record for Saskatchewan.

The previous single-day high was 60 set in July when the province was dealing with outbreaks on Hutterite colonies.

Health officials say private and public gatherings are mainly driving the current uptick.

The Ministry of Health says a church gospel event held in Prince Albert has been connected to 86 cases in 17 different communities.

As of Monday, there were 398 active cases in Saskatchewan. Of the total 2,369 reported cases, 1,973 people had recovered.

Eighteen people were in hospital, with two in intensive care, and 25 people in all have died.

Speaking in Battleford, before the new COVID-19 cases were announced, Saskatchewan Party Leader Scott Moe voiced confidence in the province's ability to get the spread under control.

He said he believes the province can avoid a return to sector-wide economic lockdowns in favour of more targeted measures, if necessary.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct.19, 2020.

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