COVID-19: Variants make up nearly 60% of Alberta's active cases with 1,332 in last 24 hours


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COVID-19 variant cases now make up nearly 60 per cent of Alberta’s 18,873 active cases, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said in a tweet Wednesday.

Another 1,699 new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday of which 1,332 were the highly infectious and more deadly variants of concern, she said. Hinshaw provided the update from her Twitter account as the province’s COVID-19 data website was experiencing technical difficulties.

Of the province’s 18,412 COVID-19 tests there was a 9.5 per cent positivity rate. Vaccinations rose to 1.23 million after 35,785 jabs were given in the previous 24 hours.

Hinshaw said she remains concerned about the “high spread” of the disease in the province.

“We all must continue to work together on behalf of our loved ones, neighbours, co-workers and communities to bend the curve & drive cases down provincewide,” she wrote.

No updated information on deaths, hospitalizations, intensive-care stays, or active cases for each health zone were given.

By Tuesday, there were 4,899 and 8,098 active cases in the Edmonton Zone and Calgary Zone, respectively. There were 476 people in hospital across Alberta, of which 105 were in intensive care.

A total of 2,048 people have died from COVID-19 in Alberta, as of Tuesday.

More to come…