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According to Saskatchewan’s latest respiratory illness surveillance report, flu season has descended on the province, with a dramatic spike in confirmed cases.

From Nov. 12 – 18 there were 594 lab-confirmed flu cases, up from 42 four weeks earlier — a 1,300 per cent increase.

Over the same four-week timeframe, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases remained steady, with an average of 440 weekly.

The Ministry of Health report spans between Nov. 5 and November 18.

During that time, the number of flu deaths (four) surpassed COVID-19 deaths (five) for the first time this year.

Since the start of the year, COVID-19 has been linked to more than 170 deaths; flu has claimed a total of seven lives.

Over the two-week reporting period, influenza accounted for 42 per cent of respiratory-illness-related hospital admissions, while COVID-19 accounted for 46 per cent — with 236 flu patients and 237 COVID-19 patients.

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