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Quebec reports 462 new cases of COVID-19, five additional deaths

FILE -- 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 via AP

MONTREAL – Quebec is reporting 462 new cases of COVID-19 today, hitting a months-long high for the second day in a row.

The province reported 427 new cases on Saturday, which was already the highest daily tally since late May.

Health officials also say five additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus were reported today.

The province says one of the deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, while the other four took place between Sept. 13-18.

Quebec has now reported 67,542 total cases of COVID-19 and 5,802 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began.

Authorities say hospitalizations increased by seven cases over the past 24 hours, for a total of 138.