Quebec health officials have announced eight more people have died in the province, which marks the smallest increase to its death toll since three fatalities were reported April 2.
It’s also the first time since that early-April date that the province reported a single-digit increase in victims.
Along with the recent deaths, the province announced 225 new cases of COVID-19, marking the smallest increase to its total since March 21. It’s now the seventh straight day that it’s logged less than 300 new cases. Before the recent stretch, it hadn’t recorded less than 300 daily cases since March 25.
Of its 52,849 total cases, there are 18,714 people who have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 302 since Saturday’s update. Of the 29,157 active cases, there are now 972 people in hospital (down by nine), which includes 128 in intensive care (down by one).
The Montreal region remains the epicentre with 26,205 cases (up by 83) and 3,067 deaths (up by five).
Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. For the ninth straight occasion, it failed to meet its goal of 14,000, after completing 12,657 tests for COVID-19 in its latest 24-hour stretch.