Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec adds another 140+ increase to its case count, while recoveries stat still faces technical issue

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Thirty-six new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba
Coronavirus Canada updates: Thirty-six new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba

Quebec health officials announced 141 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

It’s now the third straight day that the province has recorded over 140 daily cases, after registering two straight days below that mark.

Canada’s worst-hit province has now reported at least 140 cases on 16 of the last 18 occasions. Before the recent stretch, it had not identified more than 140 cases since June 25.

Quebec’s streak of at least 100 daily cases also continues, now entering its 22nd straight day. It’s part of a worrisome trend, considering between June 26 and July 11, it stayed below 100 daily cases except on two occasions.

In July, Quebec dealt with outbreaks relating to bars and private house parties, along with day camps. The province is also currently dealing with an outbreak at a hospital St-Eustache, Que., which has prompted mass testing efforts.

On Monday, the province will start to allow public gatherings of 250-people, which is up from the previous limit of 50.

Throughout the pandemic, Quebec has identified 59,599 cases of COVID-19. That includes 50,886 people who have recovered from the virus, a number that hasn’t changed since July 27 due to a technical issue. Three deaths were also added to its death toll of 5,681 on Sunday; one occurred in the province’s latest 24-hour stretch and two occurred before July 25.

Of the province’s now 3,035 active cases of COVID-19, there are 172 people in hospital (down by five since Saturday) and 17 in intensive care (down by one).

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs from two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, the province completed 16,178 tests, which is above its goal of 14,000.

Montreal remains the epicentre with 28,904 total cases (up by 61), but the spread of COVID-19 also continues to gain pace in surrounding areas of the city. The Laurentides region has 3,920 (up by 23), the Montérégie region has 8,825 cases (up by 19), the Laval region has 6,069 (up by 12), and Lanaudière has 4,512 (up by four).

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