Alberta sets single day record, doubling active COVID-19 cases in a week

Alberta more than doubled its active COVID-19 case count in a week, while recording its highest single-day increase of new infections.

A record-setting 2,775 new cases were reported Wednesday, bringing the active total to almost 17,400 in Alberta from nearly 8,300 last Thursday.

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Before this month, the long-standing single-day record was almost 2,300 cases on April 30.

But last Thursday exceeded that by more than 150 infections, only to be surpassed again today.

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There are now 349 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19 and 57 of those patients are in intensive care.

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