Coronavirus Canada updates: Alberta is reporting 70 new cases of COVID-19 in the province

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The government also says there have been six additional deaths, bringing its total fatalities to 112.

Alberta’s total number of cases is now at 5,963.

The province says 3,552 people have recovered from the illness.

British Columbia has announced three more deaths and 23 new cases of COVID-19.

The news comes on the same day the provincial government will reveal plans on how it will reopen the economy.

There have been 124 deaths in the province, and 2,255 people have been diagnosed with the virus.

To date, 1,494 people have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C..

A joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says new outbreaks have emerged this week and without continued vigilance, hot spots will quickly become an issue.

3:50 p.m.

Saskatchewan health officials are reporting nearly all of the 25 newest COVID-19 infections come from La Loche, a village in the far north dealing with an outbreak.

The cases in La Loche have been driving up provincial numbers, with Premier Scott Moe saying they can be expected to increase in the region as health workers aggressively test for the virus.

So far 312 people in the province have recovered from COVID-19 and six have died. Thirteen others are in hospital.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority announced a new northern outbreak at the Meadow Lake Hospital after one staff member tested positive for the virus, which officials believe was contracted through community transmission.

2:40 p.m.

The Manitoba government is reporting two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 284.

Eleven of the cases are probable.

The two additional cases are from a cluster linked to a workplace in western Manitoba, where the number has risen to seven.

Health officials will not identify the workplace but say it is not connected to health care or food supply and does not have significant interaction with the public.

2 p.m.

New Brunswick is reporting one new case of COVID-19, raising the provincial total to 120 cases.

The latest case is someone in their 20s in the Saint John area who had been in contact with a positive case in Ontario.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, says the New Brunswick resident was already self-isolating when they tested positive.

On Tuesday, Russell said a person who tested positive had flown into Moncton, N.B., on April 27 on a WestJet flight.

However, Russell says it has now been learned that the person had recovered from COVID-19 in Alberta before flying to New Brunswick. She says no notice should have been issued about that passenger.

No cases are in hospital in New Brunswick and 118 cases are considered recovered.

12:25 p.m.

Canada’s chief public health officer says a COVID-19 outbreak gripping the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche is an area of concern.

Dr. Theresa Tam says not only is the region remote, but there’s Indigenous communities located nearby.

Health officials in Saskatchewan say the virus arrived in the Dene village 600 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon last month via travel from a work camp in northern Alberta.

It has since spread through the community, leading to the death of two people in long-term care homes and making the far north the region in the province with the most active cases.

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