Hospitalizations from COVID-19 continue to rise in Alberta as the province reports 679 new cases of variants of concern on Monday.
There are 390 people in hospital with the virus, with 90 of those are in intensive care. Alberta added 1,136 new infections, bringing the total number of active cases to 14,849. The more infectious variants of concern make up 51.3 per cent of all active cases, or 7,620. Five more deaths Monday raise the death toll to 2,018.
The dominant variant strain in Alberta is B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the United Kingdom, with 11,320 cases. The province also has 102 cases of the Brazilian variant and 27 cases of the South African variant. Calgary Zone has the majority of cases with 5,093 followed by Edmonton Zone with 3,270.
The province completed more than 12,200 tests on Sunday, resulting in a positivity rate of 9.10 per cent.
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