Quebec reports 1,064 new cases of COVID-19, 15 additional deaths

Jacob Serebrin
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MONTREAL — Public health officials in Quebec reported 1,064 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Saturday, but stressed that not all the latest diagnoses took place during the current wave of the global pandemic.

Saturday's figures marked the second time since Oct. 23 that Quebec has reported more than 1,000 new cases in a 24-hour period.

But the province's public health institute said only 952 of those new cases were confirmed on Oct. 30, noting the other 156 were verified before July 27 when Quebec changed its data system and were not previously recorded.

Quebec reported 15 additional deaths linked to the virus on Saturday.

In Montreal, police said they broke up a clandestine party on Friday night.

About 83 people were found at the party in the city's north end, the force said in a statement, adding most were not wearing masks or observing physical distancing guidelines.

Police said officers issued tickets for violations of the province's COVID-19 regulations as well as liquor law violations. Each individual at the party could face fines of up to $5,000, police said.

Provincial public health authorities say 503 people are currently in hospital due to the novel coronavirus, a decline of 12 from the day before.

Of those, 82 are in intensive care, an increase of one from Friday.

Public health said six of the additional deaths took place within the past 24-hours, with the rest taking place at an earlier date.

There are now seven long-term care homes and seven private seniors facilities where more than 25 per cent of residents have confirmed cases of COVID-19, a situation the province describes as "critical."

Quebec conducted 28,222 COVID-19 tests on Oct. 29, the most recent date for which data was available.

Quebec's health department has now reported 106,016 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province and 6,246 deaths linked to the virus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 31, 2020.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press