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Quebec reports 582 new coronavirus cases as hospitalizations rise by 6

People line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020  in Montreal.
People line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 in Montreal. Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Novel coronavirus cases continue to rise in Quebec after 582 new infections were reported Thursday.

The health crisis has led to 69,670 cases to date in the province. There have been 59,943 recoveries.

Earlier this week, public health officials declared the beginning of the second wave of the respiratory illness in Quebec.

On Thursday, health authorities recorded one additional death linked to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The death occurred between Sept. 17 and 22.

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The province has the highest death toll in the country, with 5,810 fatalities since the pandemic first bore down in March.

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The number of hospitalizations also climbed by six to 184. Of those patients, 31 are in intensive care — an increase of one from the previous day.

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Quebec carried out 27,303 tests Tuesday, the latest day for which testing information is available.

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