Quebec health officials have identified 276 new cases of COVID-19 in their latest 24-hour stretch. Aside from the 279 cases that were announced on Sunday, Monday’s announcement marks the largest spike the province has recorded since June 3.
It’s also the fourth straight day that the province has announced over 200 cases. The last time it had a similar stretch was June 4-7. Officials have now reported over 100 cases in 17 straight reporting periods; before the recent stretch, it had recorded fewer than 100 cases on 14 of its last 18 occasions.
In recent weeks, the virus has spread all throughout the province in various settings, such as in schools and bars. Of the most recent 276 cases, 60 were identified in Quebec City, 39 in Montreal, 32 in Chaudière-Appalaches, 31 in Montérégie, 27 in Lanaudière, 20 in Outaouais and 18 in Laval.
Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its output from two days prior. Most recently, it completed 20,173 tests for COVID-19. It’s the fourth straight time that labs have completed at least 20,000 tests — a mark it had never hit before.
No one has died in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch, and 160 patients have recently recovered. It means there are now 2,054 active cases in the province, the most of any jurisdiction in Canada. According to Steve Faguy of the Montreal Gazette, it’s the first time that the province has had more than 2,000 active cases since Aug. 5.
Throughout the pandemic, Quebec has been Canada’s worst-hit province. It currently has the most total cases (64,262), active cases and deaths (5,780) of all of the nation’s jurisdictions.