Coronavirus Canada Updates: Alberta reports 15 new deaths, more than 1,800 COVID-19 cases

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: Record-breaking 34 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Island Health region
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Record-breaking 34 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Island Health region

The province has reported 1,887 new cases of COVID-19 since Sunday.

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided the numbers during Alberta’s vaccine update Monday afternoon.

Hinshaw also reported 716 people are in hospital with the virus with 136 in intensive care.

The province also saw 15 new deaths, bringing the provincial total to 734.

The 15 new deaths were recorded from Dec. 9 to 13, with eight from the Edmonton Zone, six from the Calgary Zone, and one from the North Zone.

Eleven of the deaths had additional health issues besides COVID-19.

Alberta has been leading the country in infection rates of late. Daily case counts have been well over 1,000 for almost a month.

Last week, Premier Jason Kenney announced tighter public-health restrictions to choke off many community contact points. Museums, gyms, hair salons, spas and casinos had to close as of Sunday. Retail businesses are limited to 15 per cent capacity, and restaurants and bars to takeout and delivery.

No indoor or outdoor gatherings are allowed, although people can ski, walk or do other fitness pursuits as long as they maintain physical distancing.

The new retail restrictions that took effect Sunday led to reports and photos on social media of packed parking lots and crowded shopping malls.

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