Quebec is reporting 1,577 new cases and 22 additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus Monday as the second wave of the pandemic ramps up across Canada.
Health authorities say of those deaths, three occurred in the last 24 hours while the others were retroactively added to the death toll.
The regions with the most new cases Monday were Montreal at 472 and the Montérégie with 220. Lanaudière, located north of Montreal, and the Quebec City area, each had 160 new infections.
The COVID-19 caseload, which remains the highest in the country, stands at 153,176 while recoveries have topped 131,000. The health crisis has claimed the lives of 7,277 Quebecers since March.
Hospitalizations surged by 40 to 818. Of those patients, 105 are in intensive care, an increase of three from the previous day.
Health Minister Christian Dubé says the uptick in patients is a result of the high number of new infections in the past few days, and urged Quebecers to do their part to stave off the pandemic.
“Everyone must continue to respect the measures and limit their contacts,” he wrote on Twitter.
The province administered 27,000 tests Saturday, the latest day for which screening information is available. So far, there have been more than 4.1 million tests.
The latest data comes as Quebec broke a record over the weekend after topping 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day.
Dubé is expected to address an eventual vaccine rollout in the province Monday afternoon in Montreal.
— With files from The Canadian PressView link »