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Twenty-eight new cases of B.1.1.7 variant, six additional deaths reported in Alberta

Last Updated Mar 9, 2021 at 4:50 pm MDT

In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Public Health officials in Prince Edward Island are reporting two new cases of COVID-19 today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/CDC via AP, File

Twenty-eight new cases of B.1.1.7 variant identified over the past 24 hours.

Six additional deaths reported, including another death related to the Churchill Manor outbreak in Edmonton.

AstraZeneca appointments will be available for booking beginning Wednesday to Albertans born in 1957.

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Twenty-eight new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been identified in Alberta over the past 24 hours.

The jump in variant cases comes as the province reports an additional 255 cases of COVID-19.

Over the past day, over 5,400 tests were completed, giving us a positivity rate hovering around 4.6 per cent.

Six additional Albertans died from COVID-19, including another death linked to the Churchill Manor retirement home in Edmonton.

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Currently, there are 263 people in hospital fighting COVID-19, with 37 people in the ICU.

On the vaccine front, 303,823 doses have now been administered with 91,138 Albertans fully immunized with two doses.

Though no update was held by the province on Tuesday, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, took to Twitter with a reminder about vaccine bookings coming Wednesday.

The next update from the province is expected to be Wednesday afternoon.