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Momentum for mandatory masks building in Alberta

Last Updated Jul 22, 2020 at 4:23 pm MDT

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP

In the last 24 hours, Alberta has 133 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths linked to the illness.

Across the province, there are 1251 active cases and the death toll stands at 174.

8436 Albertans recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 73 from yesterday.

102 Albertans are now in hospital, with 18 in intensive care.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson said the city’s Emergency Committee will meet to discuss making masks mandatory.

This follows the province’s July 21 announcement of the reopening of Alberta schools in September.

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Alberta reports one additional new case of COVID-19 among Wood Buffalo’s rural communities.

Outside the urban service area, there are four active and 40 resolved cases of COVID-19.

Fort McMurray still has no active cases.

Health officials now completed 606,465 tests.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health will speak on July 23, 2020.