Health officials in Quebec reported 14 more deaths in the province, bringing their death toll to 75, to go along with 896 new cases of COVID-19.
Quebec’s national director of public health Horacio Arruda said they’re now in a “new phase.” The main reason for transmission is now community spread, which means that people’s source of infection can’t be traced, such as to travel or to another patient that’s a close contact.
Arruda believes that community transmission is prevalent all throughout Quebec, especially in big cities. Before, the main reason for transmission was the increase in people who were returning to Quebec after March Break.
The jump in cases brings the province’s total to 6,997. Among those cases, 478 are in hospital, including 130 in intensive care. Montreal now has 3,261 of those cases, which is an increase of 424 in the past 24 hours. There are seven regions in Quebec that have more than 300 cases of COVID-19.
As of April 4, the province has also completed 83,230 negative tests, while 3,879 people are under investigation.