Quebec says up to 70 people may have died in connection with recent heat wave
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 6:53PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July 9, 2018 8:52PM EDT
MONTREAL -- Health authorities say up to 70 people may have died in Quebec as a result of heat-related complications since the beginning of an early July heat wave that saw temperatures climb to more than 40 C with the humidex.
Temperatures have since cooled off across the province and a spokesperson with Quebec's Public Health Department says Monday it would no longer be giving updates on heat-related deaths because "the situation is back to normal."
Most of the deaths occurred in Montreal, with 34 cases reported to authorities.
The city's morgue became so overcrowded during the heat wave that it partnered with a funeral home, where it sent bodies for storage.
Montreal's public health office says the majority of people who died in the city during the heat wave were over 60 and suffered from chronic illnesses.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says no patients died in government-run health-care centres.