Here’s what we know ahead of the province’s next update –

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REGINA – The Government of Saskatchewan recorded 151 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Wednesday, as well as 189 recoveries.

The deceased was in his 40s and from the Saskatoon area.

The new cases are located in the extreme northwest (one), the extreme north-central (two), the northwest (16), the central-north (eight), the northeast (two), Saskatoon (51), Midwest (two), Mid East (one), Regina (32), Southwest (five), South Central (11) and Southeast (six). Four cases are awaiting location information.

CASE TRENDING DOWN IN SOUTHERN SASK.

As of dawn in May, Regina and southern Saskatchewan were the province’s hotspot for COVID-19, however, after months of strict restrictions, especially in the town of Queen, the region is experiencing a downward trend.

As of May 1, Regina had 761 active cases, a high level in the province, averaged 74 new cases over seven days, and her weekly test positivity was 10.45%.

That fell to 416 active cases on May 15 with its seven-day average for new cases at 36 and test positivity at 7.16%.

Regina had 235 active cases on Wednesday, the lowest since Nov. 8, while the seven-day average for new cases fell to 22 and testing positivity stands at 5.56%.

VACCINATIONS

So far, 63% of people aged 18 and over have received their first dose.

Residents aged 80 and over and those who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine before March 1 are eligible for their second doses. The age of eligibility for the first doses remains at 12 years and over.

VARIANTS OF CONCERN

Laboratories have identified 76 other cases of variants, according to the government. The province said 10,317 cases were marked as Variants of Concern (VoC).

The government announced on Wednesday 75 new lineage results. Of the 5,711 VoCs with a variant type identified by whole genome sequencing, 5,528 are B.1.1.1.7, which was first identified in the UK; 144 are P.1, the variant seen for the first time in Brazil; 29 are variant B.1.617 identified in India; and 10 are B.1.351, first identified in South Africa.

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