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Alberta gov’t reports 919 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

Alberta has set another record for its biggest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases.

The government confirmed 919 new cases of the virus within the province on Saturday.

“I’m very concerned by the rising spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, said on Twitter.

“It is vital that we bring our numbers down to protect our health system. This weekend, do everything possible to follow the measures announced Friday and break the chains of transmission. We’re all in this together.”

Five new deaths were also reported on Saturday, bringing the provincial total to 357.

Due to technical issues the data released Saturday was preliminary and could change.

“I know that many people follow this info closely and sincerely appreciate your patience. We will provide a more detailed breakdown of case numbers, including hospitalizations and info by zone, on Monday, Nov. 9,” said Hinshaw.

According to Friday’s update, there were 6,822 active and 24,684 recovered cases in Alberta. In the same update, the government said 171 people were in hospital due to COVID-19 – thirty-three of those individuals were admitted into an intensive care unit.