COVID-19: Alberta reports 950 new cases Sunday, 600 variants

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COVID-19 variant cases are continuing to rise in Alberta, hitting a new high of 600 cases on Sunday

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COVID-19 variant cases are continuing to rise in Alberta, hitting a new high of 600 cases on Sunday.

The new record came as Alberta reported another 950 COVID-19 cases were discovered across the province Sunday. Variant cases now make up 38 per cent of all active cases, according to preliminary provincial data.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said in a tweet hospitalizations “remain stable” and another 8,000 jabs of COVID-19 vaccines were given the day previous, reaching 693,000 doses to date.

“Please continue to follow the health measures that are in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect those around you,” she wrote.

More details on cases over the long weekend will be given on Monday, Hinshaw said, including more information on the ‘significant’ outbreak of the P.1 variant that was reported Saturday.

Alberta Health spokesman Tom McMillan said in an email to Postmedia Sunday that early information indicated the traveller likely returned internationally but added the public health investigation is still underway.

“As new information continues to emerge, I cannot confirm at this time whether the traveller was international or domestic,” McMillion said.

“We will update Albertans tomorrow when we have more details available.”

Sunday’s 950 new COVID-19 cases followed two straight days of approximately 1,100 cases discovered in one day.

More to come…

  1. Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provides a COVID-19 update on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.

    COVID-19: Alberta reports ‘significant’ outbreak of P.1 variant, province adds 550 more variant cases Saturday

  2. Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on the government's COVID-19 vaccine plan on March 10, 2021.

    COVID-19: Alberta tops 1,000 daily cases Friday for first time since January 6; 300 variants

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