Quebec records 1,364 new cases of COVID-19, beating daily record for second consecutive day

Police wear face masks as they patrol Sainte-Catherine Street in Montreal, Saturday, October 3, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS-Graham Hughes

By Katelyn Thomas

MONTREAL -- Quebec health authorities reported 1,364 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, beating the province's single-day record for the second day in a row and bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic above 80,000. 

There have now been 81,014 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Quebec since the pandemic began. 

The province is also reporting 17 more deaths linked to the disease, three of which occurred in the past 24 hours. Nine more are from between Sept. 29 and Oct. 4, one is from before Sept. 29, and four are from an unkown date. Two deaths are being retracted from the total because health officials have found them attributable to reasons other than COVID-19. The total number of deaths in the province now stands at 5,899. 

Hospitalizations in the province increased by 36 from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the total number of patients receiving care in Quebec hospitals to 397. Of those in hospital, 67 are in intensive care, which is an increase of five from the number reported 24 hours earlier. 

The province also reported 853 new recoveries on Tuesday. There are now 67,033 people who are confirmed recovered from the disease in the province -- or 82.7 per cent of Quebec's cumulative cases. 

Quebec health officials reported that they completed analyses of 20,339 COVID-19 tests on Oct. 4 (Quebec reports its daily testing figures from two days prior). 

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