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Quebec Liberal Pierre Arcand walks to a news conference at the legislature, in Quebec City, on Feb. 4, 2020.Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

Quebec’s Liberal party has stripped Pierre Arcand of his role in its shadow cabinet after he took a recent holiday to Barbados during the pandemic.

Arcand, who represents Mount Royal-Outremont in Quebec’s legislature, had been the Liberal critic for matters related to Montreal and to transportation.

The Official Opposition said today in a news release Arcand’s responsibilities will be reassigned.

Quebec is reporting 2,546 new cases of COVID-19 today and 32 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.

The Health Department says 1,294 people are in hospital with the disease, a rise of 69 patients from the day before, while the number of people in intensive care rose by nine, to 188.

Officials say 1,711 doses of vaccine were administered Sunday, for a total of 30,473.

Quebec has reported 212,850 cases of COVID-19 and 8,379 deaths linked to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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