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UPDATE: Alberta reports record high number of COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Apr 2, 2020 at 1:01 pm MDT

Premier Jason Kenney during a live stream announcement. (Credit: CityNews)

Premier Jason Kenney announced 117 new cases of the virus in the province bringing the total to 871.

He also reported two more deaths from COVID-19 to bring that total in Alberta to 11.

The province reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the RMWB.

All three cases reside within Fort McMurray’s urban service area.

Kenney explained the increase in new cases is due to Alberta Health Services processing a backlog of over 4000 cases.

After clearing the backlog, Kenney said they can now run at full capacity.

This marks the largest amount in a single day for the province since the start of the outbreak in Alberta on March 6, 2020.

AHS North Zone reported two new cases and the death of a man in his 80s from COVID-19.

This brings the total in the North Zone to 51 cases and two deaths.

Calgary Zone also reported a man in his 80s died from COVID-19.

Click here for a full report by Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr Deena Hinshaw.