Quebec's Total COVID-19 Case Count Has Officially Surpassed 100k

Henrietta Brewer
October 26, 2020

It's the first time the province has recorded such a high daily case tally since the beginning of the global pandemic in March.

As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Canada continues to climb, the country's top doctor has warned that a surge in hospitalizations and deaths could also be on the horizon.

In a tweet on Sunday, Health Minister Christian Dubé pointed out the number of cases have been stable for the last two weeks, but remains still high.

Authorities are reporting that five more people have died due to the disease since Saturday.

Carabin said Quebec's COVID-19 reproduction number, which measures the virus' ability to spread, is slowly creeping lower - a positive sign that indicates people are following public health guidelines.

"We're going in the right direction, unlike what was the case in September".

In a statement on Sunday, Tam said that "now is not the time for hosting large in-person gatherings", reports Xinhua news agency.

According to the government's latest data, nearly 93% of all Canada's COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in the same two provinces.

Manitoba announced 161 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and the deaths of four people - two of which were related to an outbreak at a Winnipeg long-term care home where 17 people have now died. It reported 6,143 deaths.

The province reported 1,042 new cases over the past 24 hours, along with seven new deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Canadian experts said there are a variety of factors contributing to the country's recent surge in record-breaking COVID-19 cases including Thanksgiving celebrations, fewer restrictions and increased testing capacity.

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