MONTREAL - Quebec is reporting 202 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 today, bringing the provincial tally to 4,641.

Officials explain the huge spike is due to 165 deaths that weren't counted previously due to a data transmission issue.

The number of deaths recorded in the past day is actually 37 and while the province has 51,059 confirmed cases, the number of new cases continued its decline with just 408 reported.

The uncounted deaths were all from the hard-hit Montreal area, which has accounted for half of the province's novel coronavirus cases and more than 60 per cent of the deaths.

The number of hospitalizations stood at 1,198, with 171 in intensive care.

The province reports that 16,346 people have recovered.

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

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