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Quebec reported 158 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Saturday, the highest single-day total in over a month.
The increase comes as authorities have stepped up screening for the coronavirus across Quebec amid outbreaks linked to bars and house parties. Authorities have observed daily counts of more than 100 cases in the past week – evidence of a slight resurgence of the pandemic.
At the height of the first wave of the pandemic in early May, Quebec was posting up to 900 cases per day.
To date, Quebec has recorded 57,300 cases. The Department of Health on Saturday declared two deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the number of pandemic deaths in Quebec to 5,654, by far the highest of any province in Canada.
While the number of infections in long-term care facilities has declined, the rate of hospitalizations has also fallen. The total number of hospitalizations decreased from a dozen to 248. Of this number, stays in the intensive care unit decreased from one to 15.