Quebec adds 1,218 new coronavirus cases, 25 more deaths as second wave surges

Quebec is reporting 1,218 new cases and 25 additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus Monday as the second wave of the health crisis bears down on the country.

Health authorities say six of the newly reported deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while 19 were added retroactively from last week.

Health Minister Christian Dubé says the situation is improving in some regions but that good days must lead to a downward trend of infections.

“That’s why we’re asking everyone to continue their efforts to break this second wave,” he wrote.

Since March, the province has seen 125,072 cases while more than 105,000 recoveries have been reported.

The death toll stands at 6,651.

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Hospitalizations rose by four to 591. This includes 87 patients in intensive care, a decrease of two from the previous day.

The province administered 23,217 tests on Saturday, the latest day for which screening data is available. So far, more than 3.5 million tests have been given.

Over the weekend, Quebec saw its highest single-day tally of new coronavirus cases with 1,448 new infections. The province has averaged 1,297 daily cases in the past week.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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