Saskatchewan sets record for daily COVID-19 cases, but hospitalizations steady

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REGINA — Saskatchewan has set a new record for daily COVID-19 cases.

The province reported 735 new cases of COVID-19, which is higher than the previous record of 650 daily cases set in October.

There are now 2,844 active cases in the province.

Premier Scott Moe says in a statement that the government is expecting higher cases numbers due to the contagiousness of the Omicron variant.

He says the more important numbers are hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions.

Moe says the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations remains the same and there are 12 patients in ICU, which is down from a day earlier.

"Both hospitalizations and ICU admissions are at their lowest levels since August," he said in the statement.

"The Omicron variant is proving to be a more contagious but milder strain of COVID-19, especially for those who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot. If you haven't done so already, get vaccinated and get your booster as soon as you can."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 31, 2021

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