Quebec announces record high of 1,191 new COVID-19 cases as 27 more people hospitalized

A health-care worker prepares to give a COVID-19 test at a clinic in Montreal North, Saturday, May 2, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS-Graham Hughes

By Amy Luft, CTV Montreal 

MONTREAL -- Public health authorities announced another record high Monday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in Quebec: 1,191 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

That brings the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 79,650.

Monday's new cases are the fourth in a row over 1,000 and come two days after it set its last record-high of 1,107 new cases on Saturday.

Quebec also revealed that six more people have died due to COVID-19, for a total of 5,884 since the start of the pandemic. Two of those deaths occurred in the last 24 hours.

The number of hospitalizations continues to rise with authorities reporting that 27 more people are being treated in the province's hospitals as of Monday for a total of 361. Of those, 62 people are in the intensive care ward, a decrease of two.

Health Minister Christian Dube wrote in a tweet that the strong increase in hospitalizations is "preoccupying." 

Officials say that 876 more people have recovered from the disease bringing the total number of recoveries to 66,180 or 83 per cent of the total cases.

Health-care professionals analyzed 25,203 samples Oct. 3. (Quebec releases testing data from two days prior to its daily updates).

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