Quebec is reporting 178 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths, including one in the past 24 hours, Wednesday.
The latest daily count of infections marks the four consecutive day it is under the 200 mark and it is among the lowest seen since last September.
Montreal is reporting the highest number of new cases, with 61, followed by the Chaudière-Appalaches region, south of Quebec City, with 21 new infections.
The immunization drive saw another 77,070 doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine administered since the last report. The province has provided more than 6.2 million shots to date.
Hospitalizations related to the health crisis continued to fall. There are 257 patients in total, a decrease of six.
Of them, the number in intensive care remains at 60.
The latest day for which screening information is available shows 25,054 tests were conducted Monday.
Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that the province’s positivity rate is under one per cent for the first time since last August.
“Quebec ranks among the world leaders for the first dose and it shows,” he wrote on Twitter. “Bravo to the teams and to Quebecers.”
The case count, which remains among the highest in Canada, has reached 372,287. The pandemic has killed 11,164 Quebecers to date.
The province has seen 358,849 recoveries over the course of the health crisis.
— With files from the Canadian PressView link »