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Record-breaking number of variant cases identified Sunday

Last Updated Mar 21, 2021 at 11:19 pm MDT

CALGARY (CityNews) — An unwelcome record has been broken yet again in Alberta.

The province identified 184 new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant Sunday, nearly doubling the 99 cases detected the previous day.

Both days saw almost the exact same number of new cases, with 556 positive results announced Saturday, and 555 on Sunday.

Sunday’s cases came from 11,405 tests, for a positivity rate of 4.8 per cent.

The increase in variant cases is the highest seen since Friday, when Alberta reported 130 cases of variant strains.

At that time, it was the highest number the province had found and was already breaking the record set the previous day.

Active cases are also on the rise across the province, and especially in the Calgary zone. 

The total across the province surged by 353 cases Sunday, leaving Alberta at 5,971 active cases.

Calgary accounts for more than 40 per cent of the province’s active cases, with 2,465.

Edmonton is also experiencing growth, on a steadier scale, with 1,374 cases of COVID-19 currently active.

Hospitalizations continue to increase, with 282 Albertans currently being treated for COVID-19.

Forty-seven of those patients are in intensive care units.

Two additional deaths have been announced. The total number of Albertan lives lost now sits at 1,963.