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Alberta reported 1,351 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday — the highest recorded in a single day since New Year’s Eve.
The new cases come the day after the province reimposed a number of restrictions .
The more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus are driving the growth in active cases provincewide, as variants represent 43.2 per cent of Alberta’s 11,464 active cases. Another 575 variant cases were detected Wednesday, raising the number of active variants to nearly 5,000.
The test positivity rate dipped slightly in the last 24 hours to 9.6 per cent on Wednesday from 10.2 per cent the day before, however, over 5,000 more tests were completed in Wednesday’s update.
This is the highest number of new cases logged in a single day since Alberta reported 1,300 on Dec. 31. At that time there were about 14,000 active cases.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, urged people once again to adhere to public health measures, including those that were reintroduced this week.
“Now is the time for all Albertans to dig in and bend down the curve once again,” wrote Hinshaw on Twitter.
“By following public health measures and making safe choices in everything we do, including getting vaccinated when eligible, we can bring case numbers down and break the chains of transmission.”
Hospitalizations increased to 333 on Wednesday, with 79 of those patients receiving care in intensive-care units. This is up from the 328 in hospital the day before, including 76 in ICUs.
One additional death was reported, bringing the death toll to 2,002.
Alberta has now administered 755,831 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, which is 21,428 more than the previous day. There are 133,401 people who have received both their first and second shots.
More to come.
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