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Meanwhile, tabletop games are now allowed again in casinos and racing entertainment centres in the province as long as proper distancing, use of barriers and other health measures are in effect. Hinshaw said the move was made after reviewing evidence from other jurisdictions.

“Where casinos have opened with table games as a part of their process, we haven’t seen transmission issues locally. With casinos that have open table games, we have not seen significant transmission events there,” said Hinshaw.

Hinshaw announced 130 new cases in the province Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,415. There have been a total of 14,310 confirmed cases and 12,653 recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Edmonton Zone currently has 527 active cases, while the Calgary Zone remains the hardest hit with 639.

Alberta hospitals currently have 46 patients with COVID-19, nine of whom are in intensive care. A total of 242 people have died in the province where COVID-19 was a contributing factor.

Nationally, there have been 129,923 confirmed cases and 9,135 relate deaths since the start of the pandemic, show latest numbers from Health Canada. A total of 115,050 cases are considered recovered. Globally there have been 25,884,895 cases and 859,130 deaths, the World Health Organization reports.

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