Tue. May 17th, 2022

Saskatchewan saw another big jump in the number of COVID-19s on Friday with 576 new cases.

It is the third largest increase in a day since the start of the pandemic.

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Active cases rose to 4,692, an increase of 40.9 percent from September 8th.

Saskatoon reported the most new cases (146), followed by the Northwest Zone (102) and Regina (58).

Nearly one in five of the new cases – 19.8 percent – were in fully vaccinated people.

A further 147 cases were in children under 12 years of age who could not be vaccinated.

That brings the total caseload in the province to 71,034, an increase of 24.1 percent from 30 days ago.

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The number of admissions decreased for the second day in a row.

Health officials said 343 people were treated at the COVID-19 hospital, of which 71 were in intensive care.

Of those, 261 patients – 76 percent – were not fully vaccinated.

Admissions have risen 89.5 percent from 30 days ago.

The province reported four more COVID-19-related deaths Friday, increasing the death toll to 741.

All four deaths were people 80 years and older.

Officials said there have been 65,601 recoveries from COVID-19, with 445 reported Friday.

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