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Quebec reports 164 new COVID 19 cases and one new death as hospitalizations drop

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML

MONTREAL _ Quebec is reporting 164 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death attributed to the novel coronavirus.

Today’s figures push the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quebec to 59,312, and total deaths from the disease to 5,674.

Public health authorities say hospitalizations dropped by 19 for a total of 189.

Of those, 15 people are in intensive care, three fewer than the prior day.

The province is also correcting the number of COVID-19 cases it announced Thursday.

It now says 139 new cases should have been reported instead of 122.

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