Eighty cases is the highest daily count Saskatchewan has reported since it removed the last of its restrictions three weeks ago on July 11.

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Lynn Giesbrecht

This handout file illustration image obtained Feb. 27, 2020 courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the coronavirus, COVID-19.
This handout file illustration image obtained Feb. 27, 2020 courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the coronavirus, COVID-19. Photo by HANDOUT /Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Saskatchewan has cracked 50,000 total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, reaching the milestone as it reported 80 new cases on Saturday and 43 on Sunday.

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Eighty cases is the highest daily count the province has reported since it removed the last of its restrictions three weeks ago on July 11. As of Aug. 1, there have been a total of 50,067 positive COVID-19 cases in the province.

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The new cases are located in the far north west (10), far north central (2), far north east (1), north west (5), north central (3), Saskatoon (6), central east (2), south central (3), and south east (5).

Although 23 additional recoveries were reported Sunday, active cases in the province reached 496. The far north west continues to lead the way in active cases with 118. Saskatoon is second with 75, the far north east has 62 active cases and Regina has 56.

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The seven-day average is 53, or 4.4 new cases per 100,000 population. A total of 1,164 tests were processed on Saturday.

No new deaths were reported. There are currently 48 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 11 in the ICU.

Another 4,099 vaccine doses also made it into the arms of residents on Saturday. Of these, the vast majority were used for second doses while first doses accounted for just 886 of the shots.

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