MONTREAL -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Quebec surpassed 100,000 Sunday, as the province reported reported that 879 more people have tested positive in the past 24 hours. 

The total number of positive cases in Quebec is now 100,114 since the start of the pandemic.

Authorities are reporting that five more people have died due to the disease since Saturday. Additionally, five deaths occurred between Oct. 18 and Oct. 23, and one who died at an unknown date.

Four of the deaths were reported in Monteregie (687 total), three in Chaudiere-Appalaches (57 total) and one in Estrie (36 total), Montreal (3,515 total), Outaouais (39 total) and Laval (707 total).

The vast majority (92 per cent) of those who have died due to the disease were over 70, according to Quebec.

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the province is now 6,143.

Montreal reported its lowest daily increase since Sept. 21 with 146 new positive tests (40,869 total), and was lower than Monteregie which reported 162 new positive cases (14,657 total). Quebec City reported 116 new cases (8,233 total), while Chaudiere-Appalaches with 90 new cases (3,139 total) and Lanaudiere with 89 new cases (6,705 total) also had significant increases.

Authorities also announced that two more people are receiving treatment for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals for a total of 551. Of those, 97 people are in the intensive care ward, an increase of four.

The National Institute of Public Health also reported that 1,009 more people have recovered from the disease bringing that total to 84,828.

Health-care professionals analyzed 25,378 samples Oct. 23. (Quebec releases testing data from two days prior to its daily updates.


Across Canada, 216,043 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the start of the pandemic, including 9,946 deaths.

The authorities remain concerned about the situation.

"Given that hospitalizations and deaths tend to occur one to several weeks after increased transmission of the disease, it is concerning that we have yet to experience the magnitude of the severe impact associated with the continued increase in transmission of COVID-19," said Canadian director of public health Dr. Theresa Tam.

Here is the distribution of cases across the country since the start of the pandemic, according to the most recent provincial and territorial reports:

  • Quebec: 100,114 confirmed (including 6,143 deaths, 84,828 resolved)
  • Ontario: 70,373 confirmed (including 3,093 deaths, 60,160 resolved)
  • Alberta: 24,261 confirmed (including 300 deaths, 20,310 resolved)
  • British Columbia: 12,554 confirmed (including 256 deaths, 10,247 resolved)
  • Manitoba: 4,249 confirmed (including 54 deaths, 2,142 resolved)
  • Saskatchewan: 2,669 confirmed (including 25 deaths, 2,070 resolved)
  • Nova Scotia: 1,100 confirmed (including 65 deaths, 1,029 resolved)
  • New Brunswick: 328 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 257 resolved)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 290 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 275 resolved)
  • Prince Edward Island: 64 confirmed (including 63 resolved)
  • Yukon: 20 confirmed (including 15 resolved)
  • Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
  • Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved), 3 presumptive
  • Nunavut: No confirmed cases
-- with reporting from The Canadian Press.