Quebec had a double dose of bad news in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic Saturday.
The province broke its record for the number of new cases in a 24-hour period when officials reported 1,480 new cases. The prior record was set Thursday when 1,464 new cases were reported.
The total number of deaths due to the disease reached a grim milestone as well, as they surpassed 7,000 to start the weekend.
The province reported 37 new deaths bringing the total number of people who have died due to the novel coronavirus to 7,021.
Quebec reported that 10 of those deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, 23 were reported between Nov. 21 and Nov. 26, two occurred before Nov. 21 and two occurred at an unknown date.
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the province since the start of the pandemic is now 139,643.
The Quebec Institute of Public health reports that there are now 11,716 active cases, and that 1,179 more people have recovered from the disease, bringing that total to 120,906.