Alberta reports 1,346 new cases of COVID-19, including 522 cases of Omicron variant

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Alberta is reporting 1,346 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) over a 24-hour period, including 522 new cases of the Omicron variant. (Photo Credit – Alberta Health Services)

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the health authorities completed around 11,500 tests in the last 24 hours, and identified 1,346 new cases of COVID-19.

Dr. Hinshaw further added that 522 new cases of the Omicron variant were also identified in the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of the variant to 2,131 cases.

“522 new cases of the Omicron variant have been ID’d in Alberta and our total is now 2,131 cases. Omicron is now our dominant strain and there is increasing community transmission in the province,” Dr. Hinshaw tweeted.

She also added that five deaths related to COVID-19 were reported to Alberta Health Service in the past 24 hours.

Currently, 326 people are in hospital due to COVID-19. Of the 261 non-ICU, 59.7% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Of the 65 in ICU, 83% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hinshaw, said the new public health measures will take effect on Dec. 24 to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as Omicron cases continue to grow, including reduced capacity limits at large venues and limiting unrestricted activities where there is a high risk of transmission.

The Alberta Health on Tuesday reported 818 new cases of COVID-19 over a 24-hour period.

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