Hinshaw works to reassure Albertans after new COVID variant Omicron identified

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In a series of tweets sent Friday afternoon, Dr. Deena Hinshaw is looking to reassure Albertans the state is prepared to observe mutations of the COVID-19 microorganism aft the World Health Organization identified different variant of the microorganism dubbed Omicron.

“At this time, determination person been nary cases of this variant detected successful Canada,” Alberta’s main aesculapian serviceman of wellness tweeted. “I privation to reassure Albertans that our familial sequencing programme present successful Alberta tin observe mutations of the virus, including this caller strain.”

The B.1.1.529 variant was archetypal reported by South Africa connected Nov. 24, the WHO said successful a press release. The archetypal known corruption with the variant was from a specimen collected connected Nov. 9.

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“Early grounds shows an accrued fig of mutations and accrued transmissibility,” Hinshaw said, adding it’s a reminder of however important the COVID-19 vaccine is.

“Having a implicit vaccination bid has historically provided a precocious level of extortion against terrible outcomes adjacent with caller variants of concern,” she said.

Her comments travel arsenic the authorities confirmed an further 356 cases of COVID-19. There are present 5,017 progressive cases successful the province, a flimsy summation from 4,969 progressive cases connected Thursday.

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There were 8,701 tests performed implicit the past 24 hours and the positivity complaint was 4.18 per cent.

Calgary continues to person the highest fig of progressive COVID-19 cases with 1,874. There are 1,163 progressive cases successful the Edmonton zone, 852 successful the North zone, 716 successful the Central portion and 409 successful the South zone.

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The state had 3 progressive cases not assigned to a circumstantial zone.

There were 455 Albertans successful infirmary receiving attraction for COVID-19, with 90 of those radical successful the ICU. That’s down from 465 successful infirmary connected Thursday with 98 successful the ICU.

The state besides confirmed an further 3 COVID-19 deaths. There person present been 3,235 Albertans who person died from the virus.

As of Friday’s update, 88.6 of eligible Albertans aged 12 and older person received astatine slightest 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Of the aforesaid group, 83.6 were afloat vaccinated.

Though children aged 5-11 became eligible to person a COVID-19 vaccine connected Friday, their numbers volition not beryllium counted until Saturday. The province’s reporting strategy counts doses administered by midnight the erstwhile day.

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Since the pandemic began, 334,203 Albertans person contracted COVID-19, portion 325,951 person recovered.

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