Coronavirus Canada updates: Quebec sees biggest spike in fatalities due to “data transmission problem”

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Three more deaths related to COVID-19 in Quebec
Coronavirus Canada updates: Three more deaths related to COVID-19 in Quebec

A “data transmission problem” is behind Quebec’s biggest daily jump in fatalities, as the province reported 202 victims on Sunday.

Thirty-seven people died in the last 24 hours throughout the entire province, but health officials are just announcing 165 victims that “were not counted” in days and weeks prior, all in the Montreal region. The city remains the province’s epicentre, with 25,437 cases (up by 210 since Saturday) and 2,919 fatalities (up by 179).

This isn’t the first time that Quebec has announced data problems; in early-May, the province said a computer error failed to count 1,317 positive COVID-19 cases throughout April.

The most recent data transmission problem has factored into why, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the province saw its active cases decrease. As of Sunday, there are 30,072 active cases in Quebec. A total of 16,346 have recovered (up by 276) and 4,641 people have died.

Throughout the pandemic, the province has recorded 51,059 total cases of COVID-19. Health officials announced 408 new cases on May 31, marking the smallest daily increase the province has recorded since March 28.

Throughout Quebec, there are 1,198 people in hospital (up by one), which includes 171 in intensive care (up by four).

Quebec’s testing numbers are reflective of its outputs two days prior. In its most recent stretch, it failed to meet its goal of 14,000, but came close with 13,636 completed tests.

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