Saskatchewan health reported 223 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of daily new cases to 227. They also reported eight additional deaths with single deaths in a number of zones across the province. Premier Scott Moe announced the UK COVID-19 variant has been detected in two residents in the Regina zone. He noted we know this is a more contagious variant which serves to re-enforce to each of us why we need to keep doing what we know works to reduce the spread of this virus regardless of which variant it is.
One case had travelled to the United Kingdom and the second is a close contact of the traveler. Both residents quarantined and are now no longer infectious and all contacts have been identified with no indication of further transmission. Non-essential travel is not recommended at this time.
Of the new cases 65 were in Regina, 38 in Saskatoon, 28 in North Central,18 in North West and 14 in Far North West with single digits in other zones including eight in Far North East.
Of the 24,236 reported cases 2320 are considered active and 21,602 have recovered. Hospitalization data is not available as the system is being updated.