Regina reporting 264 presumed cases of more infectious COVID-19 variants

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REGINA — Saskatchewan health officials say there are now 313 probable cases of more infectious COVID-19 strains in the province including 264 in and around Regina.

The Regina area is home to most of the province's variant cases that have been confirmed or are probable.

The variant mutation most often seen has been the strain first detected in the United Kingdom known as B.1.1.7.

Of the province's 135 confirmed variant cases, the Ministry of Health says 121 of them have been found in the Regina area.

The province has asked people planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day to do so outside in groups no larger than 10 and to avoid pub crawls, as well as opt for takeout or delivery instead of eating indoors.

Another 87 new infections were reported Wednesday provincewide and there were 139 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 31 receiving intensive care.

Around 112,000 vaccinations have been done to date.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Mar. 17, 2021

The Canadian Press