Quebec health officials announced 169 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and one additional death related to the respiratory virus.
It’s now the 11th straight day that Canada’s worst-hit province has recorded over 140 cases and the 15th straight day it has recorded over 100. Before the recent stretch, Quebec had not identified more than 140 cases since June 25. Between June 26 and July 11, it stayed below 100 daily cases except on two occasions.
Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs from two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, the province completed 15,602 tests for COVID-19. It marks the first time that Quebec has reached its goal of 14,000 on four straight occasions.
Among the province’s 58,583 total cases of COVID-19 are 50,812 people who have recovered, up by 109 since Saturday. The death toll now stands at 5,667.
Of the 2,104 active cases in the province (up by 59), there are 197 in hospital (down by nine), which includes 10 in intensive care (down by two).
Montreal remains the epicentre with 28,475 total cases (up by 50). 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 Montérégie region has 8,648 cases (up by 35), Laurentides region has 3,785 (up by 22), Laval has 5,988 (up by 18), and Lanaudière has 4,460 (up by 11).