Alberta registered 717 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, of which 325 were variant cases of concern – a new daily record for variant cases in the province.
Variants accounted for 23.4% of active cases in Alberta on Friday. To date, Alberta has identified 2,626 cases of variants in total.
Friday’s new cases came after about 13,300 tests were performed, bringing the province’s positivity rate to 5.4%.
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Three deaths have been reported to Alberta Health in the past 24 hours, all of which included comorbidities.
A woman in her 50s in the North Zone and a man in her 60s in the Calgary Zone have died. A man in his 80s linked to the outbreak at Churchill Mansion in Edmonton has also died.
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The death toll in Alberta from COVID-19 has reached 1,979.
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Earlier on Friday, new federal modeling data was released, indicating severity indicators and daily cases of COVID-19 are back on the rise as variants of the virus continue to spread in parts of the country, with higher incidents in young adults.
These increases come at a bad time, said Canada’s chief public health officer, who expressed concern about the approaching religious holidays and people wanting to reunite with families.
Dr Theresa Tam said daily cases had increased by more than 30% over the past two weeks, with an average of 29 deaths reported each day.
Tam said this indicates that we are in a “very close race” between vaccines and variants of concern, which account for an increasingly high proportion of new cases in several provinces.
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Earlier on Friday, Premier Jason Kenney expressed concern about the increase in daily cases, transmission and hospitalizations.
He noted that was why the province made the difficult decision earlier this week not to move to Step 3 of its way forward stimulus plan.
Kenney also noted that Alberta is in a race between vaccines and variants.
“We need more vaccines yesterday,” he said. I don’t want the Variants to win, and neither do we want to inflict massive damage on people through widespread restrictions.
“That’s why the solution here is vaccines. The federal government has to do its job to provide us with those doses.
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A spokesperson for Alberta Health said there is currently a vaccine supply in the province and encouraged all Phase 2A participants to make an appointment to be vaccinated as soon as possible if they do not. haven’t already.
As of March 25, Alberta had administered 558,763 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 94,947 Albertans had been fully immunized with two doses.
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There were 284 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Friday, 59 of whom were being treated in intensive care.
There have been 7,077 active cases in Alberta. Of these, 3,246 were in the Calgary area, 1,552 in the Edmonton area, 799 in the South area, 798 in the North area, 654 in the Central area and 28 were not linked to any area in particular.
So far, Alberta has recorded 145,028 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 135,972 people have recovered.
With files from the Canadian Press.
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