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Twelve new variant cases confirmed in Alberta

Last Updated Feb 24, 2021 at 10:36 am MDT

CMOH Dr. Deena Hinshaw provides an update on COVID-19 across Alberta on February 23, 2021. Credit: YourAlberta

EDMONTON (660NEWS) — In Tuesday’s provincial COVID-19 update, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 12 new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant in Alberta.

To date, 301 variant cases have been confirmed in the province, with 294 being the B.1.1.7 variant and 7 of the B.1.351 variant.

Meanwhile, 267 new cases of the virus were confirmed in the province Tuesday.

Fifty-one people are now in the Intensive Care Unit fighting the virus, with 326 people in hospital.

Following the initial numbers, Dr. Hinshaw reported that 180,000 doses of vaccine have now been administered in the province, with 73,000 Albertans now fully vaccinated.

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Beginning Wednesday, Albertans 75 years and older will be able to book their vaccine appointments.

All seniors who wish to get their first dose of vaccine will be able to get one before the end of March.

To avoid confusion, any senior who was born in 1946 or later will be able to get the vaccine, even if they are currently 74 years old.

Prior to the update, Dr. Hinshaw provided some clarity on the easing of restrictions.

Unlike the easing of restrictions for Step 1, any lifting of restrictions in the future may not require a week’s notice.