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Over 100K Albertans sign up for COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday | FULL

CA, 07 May 2021
More than 100,000 Albertans aged 30 and older signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, the first day eligibility was expanded.

"That is incredibly exciting and I encourage all Albertans to book as soon as they can," chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday afternoon.

Alberta Health reported Thursday that 2,211 new cases of COVID-19 had been recorded over the past 24 hours. The province completed more than 19,900 tests and recorded a positivity rate of 11.1 per cent.

No new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours.

The province also identified another 536 cases of variants of concern. Variants now make up at least 55.3 per cent of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta.

Alberta Health Services has shifted away from screening all positive COVID-19 cases for variants of concern, instead targeting variant screening on populations at highest risk.

There were 654 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19 and 146 of those people were receiving care in the ICU as of Thursday.

For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7839535/alberta-covid-19-coronavirus-update-may-6-deena-hinshaw/

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