Coronavirus cases in Quebec rise by 1,259 in 24 hours

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By Daniel J. Rowe, CTV Montreal

MONTREAL — Quebec reported Friday that 1,259 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

The new cases brings the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 129,699.

The new cases are 38 more than the average of the past seven days which was 1,221.

Quebec is also reporting 32 more deaths. Since Thursday, nine people died due to the disease in addition to 22 deaths that occurred between Nov. 13 and Nov. 18, and one death which occurred at an unknown date

The province also withdrew two deaths which investigators found not to be attributable to COVID-19.

Since the pandemic began, 6,774 people have died due to the novel coronavirus.

The number of hospitalizations dropped by double digits in the province with 27 fewer people receiving treatment in Quebec's hospital for a total of 624. Of those, 96 people are in the intensive care ward, a decrease of five.

Health-care professionals analyzed 34,703 samples Nov. 18. (Quebec releases its testing data from two days prior to its daily updates).

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