COVID-19: Omicron up to 173 cases in Alberta, virus on the rise again

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Cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant climbed to 173 in Alberta on Friday, as COVID-19 cases are again on the rise across the province.

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A week before Christmas Eve, the province added 54 Omicron cases to its total. All but 10 are in the Edmonton area. At 87, the Calgary Zone still has the most Omicron cases followed by Edmonton Zone with 63.

In the past seven days, there have been about 400 more instances of the disease than the previous two weeks, according to the province’s data . On Friday, 553 total COVID-19 cases were reported in Alberta, including variants, and one more person has died.

Wastewater testing also shows the virus is increasingly spreading in the Edmonton and Calgary areas.

This testing tracks the amount of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewage and acts as an early warning signal before cases begin to climb again. Until about three weeks ago viral levels were on the decline, public data collected by the University of Alberta and University of Calgary shows.

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