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Quebec reports 1,189 new cases of COVID-19, 32 additional deaths

Sign indicating where to go for COVID-19 testing in Montreal, Que., Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Mario Beauregard

MONTREAL – Quebec is reporting 1,189 new cases of COVID-19 today and 32 additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Public health authorities say five of those deaths occurred within the past 24 hours, with the rest taking place at an earlier date.

The Health Department says there are currently 646 people in hospital, an increase of 22 from the previous day.

Of those, 99 people are currently in intensive care, an increase of three from the day before.

The regions with the highest number of reported infections were Montreal with 256; Saguenay, north of Quebec City with 161; and Monteregie, south of Montreal with 127.

On a per-capita basis, Saguenay continues to be the most affected region in the province, with 402 cases per 100,000 people – three times as high as Montreal.

Quebec has reported 130,888 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,806 deaths associated with the virus.