Alberta registers 556 new cases of COVID-19 and 99 new cases of variants

Alberta registers 556 new cases of COVID-19 and 99 new cases of variants

A total of 556 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours, according to the Government of Alberta’s daily update.
The number of active cases in the province has now risen to 5,618. There are now 279 people in hospital due to COVID-19 in Alberta, and of that group, 47 people are in intensive care.

There have been 9,979 COVID-19 tests administered in the past 24 hours in Alberta.

Friday marked the first day since November 22 without any additional deaths recorded from COVID-19. On Saturday, four more deaths were reported in the province.

The other four deaths include two men in their 60s and a man in their 60s in the Edmonton area, and a woman in their 60s in the southern Alberta area.

A total of 1,961 people died from COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday.

Here is a regional breakdown of active cases in Alberta:

  • Calgary area: 2296
  • Zone d’Edmonton: 1310
  • Central areas: 534
  • South zone: 724
  • North zone: 735
  • Unknown: 19

The province has also registered 99 new cases of COVID-19 variants. All of these new cases were the B117 variant first identified in the UK

There were 759 cases of the active variant of COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, or 13.5% of the total number of active cases.

Monday will mark three weeks since Alberta moved to Stage 2 of its plan to reopen, and is the first date the province will be able to move to Stage 3.

Step 3 eases restrictions in areas such as:

  • Adult team sports
  • Casinos, racing centers and bingo halls
  • Further relaxation of sports and recreational activities for young people
  • Social gatherings indoors, with restrictions
  • Seated indoor events (cinemas and auditoriums)
  • Museums, art galleries, zoos, interpretation centers
  • Places of worship

To move to Step 3, the province said the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 must be below 300 and declining.

Prime Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday that a final decision on whether to continue the situation had not been made.


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