COVID-19: Alberta reports 250 new cases, including 20 Omicron variants, and 8 deaths

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Alberta is reporting 250 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) over a 24-hour period, including 20 new cases of Omicron variant.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the health authorities identified 250 new cases by completing around 5,400 tests in the last 24 hours.

Dr. Hinshaw further added that eight additional deaths were also reported to Alberta Health Services during the period.

“20 new cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in Alberta and our total is now 50 cases. We are continuing to closely monitor the spread of this emerging variant and will update Albertans as we learn more,” Dr. Hinshaw said.

She also added that 366 people are currently in hospital due to COVID-19, including 70 individuals who are being treated in Intensive Care Unit.

Of the 296 non-ICU, 62.9% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, Dr. Hinshaw said, adding that of the 70 in ICU, 75.8% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

The Alberta Health on Monday reported 863 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths over a 3-day period.

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