Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec announces data error, drops to below 140 daily cases for first time in almost two weeks

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Quebec health officials announced 122 new cases of COVID-19, along with one additional death in its latest 24-hour stretch.

In a press release, officials announced that a data problem led to an error in Wednesday’s update. Instead of 176 cases, the province should have announced 112 new cases of COVID-19. That update would have ended the province’s 13-day streak of reporting at least 140 cases of COVID-19. Before the recent stretch, it had not identified more than 140 cases since June 25.

Quebec’s streak of at least 100 daily cases continues, now entering its 19th 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.

Throughout the pandemic, Quebec has identified 59,131 cases of COVID-19. That includes 5,673 fatalities and 50,886 people who have recovered from the virus. Of the province’s now 2,572 active cases of COVID-19, there are 208 people in hospital (up by 18) and 18 in intensive care (up by nine).

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs from two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, the province completed 16,397 tests for COVID-19, which is above its goal of 14,000.

Montreal remains the epicentre with 28,701 total cases (up by 45). On July 11, officials asked anyone who’s been to a bar in the city since Canada Day to get tested, prompting thousands to come forward.

The spread of COVID-19 also continues to gain pace in surrounding areas of the city, in some cases in connection to bars and parties. The Laval region has 6,035 (up by seven), Laurentides region has 3,843 (up by five), the Montérégie region has 8,747 cases (down by 11 due to the data error), and Lanaudière has 4,490 (down by one).

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