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Thirty-five new cases of B.1.1.7 variant, two additional deaths reported in Alberta

Last Updated Mar 2, 2021 at 6:36 pm MDT

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Thirty-five new cases of B.1.1.7 variant identified in the province, 492 variant cases reported to date in Alberta


On top of new variant cases, 257 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alberta, as well as two additional deaths


The Alberta Health Services online vaccine booking tool will be down from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday for upgrades


EDMONTON (660NEWS) — Thirty-five new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been reported in Alberta, bringing the total variant cases identified in the province to 492.

The additional variant cases come as the province records 257 new cases of COVID-19.

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Two more people lost their fight with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with 261 people now in hospital, and 54 in the Intensive Care Unit.

To date, 245,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed in Alberta, with 88,000 Albertans now fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hinshaw wanted to make Albertans aware of some changes coming to the Alberta Health Services online immunization booking tool.

Upgrades will be coming to the website that will cause the site to be unavailable from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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The upgrades will improve capacity on the site so more Albertans will be able to access an effective and fluent system that will help them get closer to getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Prior to the update, Health Minister Tyler Shandro took to the stand to clarify some confusion regarding fitness centres and activities made on Monday.

The confusion largely centres around the distinction between low and high-intensity workouts, as low-intensity activities are allowed under the changed restrictions but high-intensity activities can only be done one-on-one with a trainer. However, what exactly constitutes a high-intensity workout could differ for each person.

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Shandro clarified a high-intensity workout would be an exercise where you would breath harder than you normally would and operators of the facility need to use their best judgement to determine what the activities in their spaces qualify as low-intensity vs. high-intensity.