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Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on the most recent numbers of COVID-19 in the province on Tuesday and discussed the government's ongoing response to the pandemic. The province's Health Minister Tyler Shandro was also present during the briefing.

It was announced that Alberta will be receiving a $1.7-million donation from the Calgary Health Trust, which would help boost the province’s COVID-19 testing capacity to more than 16,000 tests a day by June.

Shandro said the donation means Alberta has a $4.5-million investment in new virus-detecting equipment and technology. He said the money would be spent on new technology and equipment that will more than double the current rate of testing, which is about 7,000 a day.

Hinshaw announced 57 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total to 5,893. Of those, 3,219 people had recovered. Two more Albertans died of COVID-19, bringing the provincial death toll to 106.

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