Quebec reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for the fifth day in a row on Sunday, confirming 1,154 new infections.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases rose to 1,114 — its highest point since the beginning of February.
A total of 316,112 infections have now been confirmed in the province since the first one was reported in February of 2020.
Quebec also announced that nine more fatalities had been attributed to the virus, bringing the province’s death toll to 10,693.
The number of hospitalizations due to the virus now stands at 502 patients, an increase of one. Of those patients, 128 are in intensive care — an increase of four.
On Saturday, Quebec administered 41,073 vaccine doses.
Since the start of its vaccination campaign, the province has received 2,127,605 doses of which it has administered 1,529,541.
While the number of confirmed variant cases in the province remained stable at 1,592, a further 779 presumed cases were identified.
A total of 10,337 variant cases — both confirmed by sequencing and presumed — have now been identified in Quebec.
While Montreal’s 3,695 variant cases are the most in the province, four other regions — Bas-Saint-Laurent, Capitale-Nationale, Outaouais and Laval — have more cases per capita.
Citing the rise in variants outside of Montreal as a key factor in the province’s third wave, Premier François Legault moved the first three of those regions from orange to red alert on Wednesday. (Laval was already a red zone.)
Of the new cases reported in Quebec on Sunday, 302 were in Montreal.
A total of 117,251 infections have now been confirmed in the Montreal region.