Alberta hits new single-day record for new COVID-19 variant cases with 332

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Alberta hit a single-day record for the number of new variant cases in the province after 332 were identified on Tuesday.

All of the new variant cases identified Tuesday were of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

Across the province there are 7,975 active cases of COVID-19. With 2,376 of those identified as variants of concern, the variants now make up nearly 30 per cent of all  the province’s active COVID-19 cases.

There were 576 new cases of COVID-19 recorded on Tuesday after 8,078 tests were completed over the last 24 hours, for a positivity rate of 7.1 per cent.

There are currently 301 people hospitalized with the virus, an increase of 13 from Monday. Of those, 58 are in intensive care units, a decrease of six.

Four more people have died, raising the provincial death toll from COVID-19 to 1,987.

More to come.

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