Posted May 12, 2020 10:23 am

Updated May 12, 2020 1:33 pm

Quebec’s premier is strongly encouraging the public to wear a mask when they leave the house and go out in public to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

François Legault showed up to the province’s briefing on Tuesday wearing a mask, saying he hopes people across Quebec will follow suit.

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“It’s to protect others,” he said, adding that it will help in situations where social-distancing measures can’t be implemented.

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Quebec saw its death toll attributable to COVID-19 increase by 118 fatalities as of Tuesday, bringing it to 3,131. Legault said 113 of the victims lived in the Greater Montreal region.

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It is also the province with the highest caseload, with hundreds of new infections reported each day. There are 39,225 cases as of Tuesday.

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