The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Saturday, March 27, 2021

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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern):

5:45 p.m.

Alberta's chief medical health officer says that of the 668 new COVID-19 cases identified today, 207 are variants of concern.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says in a series of tweets that almost 25 per cent of Alberta's active COVID-19 cases are variants of concern.

She says one new death has been reported in the previous 24 hours.

Alberta's test-positivity rate is 5.4 per cent.

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5 p.m.

Saskatchewan is reporting zero new COVID-19 deaths today, but is warning that variants of concern are beginning to rise in the province's south, particularly in the Moose Jaw area.

The province's daily pandemic update says Regina remains the area with the most confirmed variants of concern, with 83 per cent of those cases.

More restrictions take effect in Regina on Sunday, including a ban on in-person dining in restaurants and the closure of facilities ranging from banquet and conference halls to museums and galleries.

Earlier this week, the province recommended that people avoid travelling into or out of Regina unless it was absolutely necessary, in order to stop the spread of more infectious variants of the novel coronavirus.

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2:45 p.m.

Manitoba is reporting that as of today, more than 10 per cent of residents aged 18 and older have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The province says that in the last four months, more than 163,000 doses of three different vaccines have been administered.

Public health officials are also reporting one additional death of a person with COVID-19 — a man in his 80s whose case is linked with an outbreak on a unit at Winnipeg's Grace Hospital.

The province says 57 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba as of this morning.

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1:45 p.m.

New Brunswick is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 — all of them in the Edmundston area.

Health officials said today four of the new cases were under investigation while the rest involved contacts of previously reported infections.

The province has reported at total of 1,571 COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, and that includes 110 active cases, 1,430 recoveries and 30 deaths.

Five patients remain in hospital with the disease.

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12:30 p.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 — all of them in the province's central zone.

Health officials said today the new cases all involve close contacts of previously reported infections, including one probable case identified Friday at Sackville Heights Junior High in Lower Sackville.

Premier Iain Rankin issued a statement today saying the province has dispatched a mobile testing unit to the school.

Nova Scotia has 25 active reported COVID-19 infections, which brings the province's overall total to 1,709 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

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11 a.m.

Quebec is reporting 1,009 new COVID-19 cases today and eight more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including two in the past 24 hours.

Health officials say hospitalizations remained stable at 481, and 108 people were in intensive care, a drop of seven.

The province said it administered 53,796 doses of vaccine Friday, for a total of 1,176,670.

Quebec has reported a total of 307,394 COVID-19 infections and 10,645 deaths linked to the virus; it has 7,617 active reported cases.

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10:45 a.m.

Ontario is reporting 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 today and 10 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 814 new cases in Toronto.

She says there are also 411 new cases in Peel Region, 263 in York Region, 156 in Hamilton, 139 in Durham Region and 115 in Ottawa.

More than 61,000 tests were completed since Friday's update.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2021.

The Canadian Press