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Variant cases climb over 2,600 as province reports 717 new COVID-19 infections

Last Updated Mar 26, 2021 at 4:30 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

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The province reported 717 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including 325 new variant cases.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw made the point on Wednesday that due to changes to the way the province will be reporting variant cases, numbers will be higher than before.

Variant cases now make up just over 23 per cent of the active cases in the province — with 7,077 total active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.

Hospitalizations saw a slight decrease over the last day with 284 people now in hospital. Though, 59 people are now in the ICU, a four person increase from Thursday.

Three new deaths were reported on Friday.

Hinshaw did not hold a live update Friday, but as per usual, took to Twitter with a message ahead of the weekend.

Alberta’s top doctor is expected to provide her next live update on Tuesday, with updated numbers being provided online until then.