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Record number of variant cases identified in Alberta

Last Updated Apr 21, 2021 at 6:51 pm MDT

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19. They said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that genetic tests show a 33-year-old man returning to Hong Kong from a trip to Spain in mid-August had a different strain of the coronavirus than the one he’d previously been infected with in March. (NIAID/National Institutes of Health via AP)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — A record number of variant cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alberta on Wednesday.

The province identified 1,699 cases of the virus, with 1,332 of those being variants of concern.

Variant cases continue to climb in the province and now make up roughly 59 per cent of active cases in Alberta.

The province’s positivity rate saw a slight dip over the last day, with about 9.5 per cent of the 18,412 tests completed coming back positive.

After the province increased the window of eligibility to get a vaccine to those 40 and older, the province saw another good day of vaccine numbers.

Dr. Deena  Hinshaw tweeting out Wednesday that nearly 36,000 Albertans got their shot. Bringing the provincial total of vaccines administered to over 1.23 million.

After technical glitches, Hinshaw says the full report on Wednesday’s numbers will be released on Thursday.