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Quebec reports 111 new coronavirus cases, 3 additional deaths

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Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said Thursday that the province may have to redo dozens of COVID-19 tests after some lab samples from the Montreal area were contaminated. Dubé said he has asked for a report on what led to the contamination – Aug 27, 2020

Quebec is reporting a triple-digit jump in its novel coronavirus case totals again after authorities recorded 111 new infections Thursday.

The province has seen 62,056 COVID-19 cases to date — the highest in the country. There are 55,008 recoveries in total.

Authorities also reported three additional deaths, but only one of those occurred in the last 24 hours. The virus also killed two Quebecers before Aug. 20.

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Since the pandemic began in March, Quebec continues to have the highest death toll in Canada. As of Thursday, there have been 5,750 deaths.

Hospitalizations increased by five from the previous day, for a total of 115. Of those, 15 patients are in intensive care, an increase of three from the previous day.

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The province says it carried out 16,020 COVID-19 tests on Tuesday, the last day for which testing data is available.

Cases under review

Health Minister Christian Dubé explained Thursday why some positive coronavirus tests from Montreal earlier this week are being reviewed.

He said an operational error occurred at a laboratory in the Verdun borough. Health authorities had said Wednesday there were contamination concerns.

“The downside is that we will have to redo those tests and people will be contacted to redo the tests,” Dubé said.

Public health is investigating to make sure no other samples were infected.

With files from the Canadian Press

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