Quebec health officials have announced 163 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death in its latest 24-hour stretch.
It’s now the ninth straight day that it has recorded over 140 cases and the 13th straight day it has recorded over 100. Before the recent stretch, it had not recorded more than 140 cases since June 25. Between June 26 and July 11, it stayed below 100 daily cases except on two occasions.
Among the province’s 58,8243 total cases of COVID-19 are 50,615 people who have recovered, up by 110 since Thursday. Of the 1,965 active cases that remain (up by 52), there are 220 in hospital (down by one), which includes 12 in intensive care (down by two).
Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs from two days prior. In its latest 24-hour stretch, the province completed a record-high 16,256 tests for COVID-19, which is above its goal of 14,000.
Montreal remains the epicentre with 28,340 total cases, up by 66 since Thursday. 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 8,579 cases (up by 32), Lanaudière has 4,441 (up by six), Laurentides region has 3,745 (up by 18), and Laval has 5,959 (up by 17).