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Zero deaths reported in Alberta as 2,211 new cases are identified

FILE - 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. Doctors at Kyoto University Hospital said Thursday, April 8, 2021, they have successfully performed the world’s first lung transplant from living donors to a patient with severe lung damage from the COVID-19.(NIAID-RML via AP, File)

2,211 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Alberta on nearly 20,000 tests -- a positivity rate of 11.1 per cent.

654 people are now in hospital, with 146 in the ICU. Zero deaths were reported from COVID-19 over the last day.

Over 1.73M doses of COVID-19 vaccine distributed in Alberta to date.

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Alberta has identified an additional 2,211 new cases of COVID-19 on nearly 20,000 tests, giving the province a positivity rate of 11.1 per cent.

Alberta currently has 24,497 active cases of COVID-19

WATCH: Dr. Deena Hinshaw provides an update on COVID-19 in Alberta.

There are now 654 people in hospital, with 146 people now in the ICU.

On a positive note, no new deaths were reported in Alberta from COVID-19 over the last day.

As the vaccination campaign in Alberta ramps up, the province has now administered more than 1.73M doses of vaccine.

“(Thursday) morning, bookings opened for those born in 1991 or earlier,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said. “Over 100,000 Albertans have already taken advantage of this opportunity and on Monday, bookings will expand to anyone born in 2009 or earlier can get their shot.”

Hinshaw says this means that anyone who is turning 12 this year or older will be eligible.

RELATED: Thousands of Albertans book for COVID-19 vaccine as Thursday, anyone 30 and older eligible

While the expansion is exciting, Hinshaw asks Albertans to be patient when it comes to booking their shot.

“Come Monday, there will be more than 3.8 million people now eligible, AHS and pharmacies are working diligently to schedule everyone, but it will take some time to get all first doses booked.”

She asks anyone who books more than one appointment to ensure they cancel their other appointments to open up space for others.