There are now 630 people who have died from COVID-19 in Quebec, health officials announced Thursday, as confirmed cases in the province reached 15,857.
This is an increase of 143 from the 487 deaths reported on Wednesday, the largest single-day increase since the province began providing daily figures.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Quebec increased by 997 compared to the 14,860 announced the previous day.
Prime Minister François Legault said the sharp increase in deaths has not occurred in the past 24 hours, but is due to a change in methodology by Quebec public health officials.
1,018 people were treated for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals as of Thursday, up 34 from 984 reported on Wednesday; of the hospitalized patients, 209 are in intensive care, nine fewer than the 218 reported 24 hours earlier.
There were 2,939 people waiting for the COVID-19 test results in Quebec as of Thursday, up 334 from the 2,605 reported on Wednesday.
The number of people in Quebec who recovered from COVID-19 as of Thursday was 2,841, up 350 from the 2,491 recoveries reported the day before.
There are now 7,281 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Montreal region, by far the largest of all regions in Quebec; you can see a regional distribution of COVID-19 in the province here.
This is a new development which will be updated.