Albertans wonder if restrictions could come as province sets record for daily coronavirus cases


EDMONTON – The daily number of COVID-19 cases has broken records this week. Alberta recorded its highest number of cases in one day on Friday – 622 new cases. “I have to say I’m disappointed because Albertans knew we had to take our responsibility to keep cases from escalating,” said Ken Kobly, president of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce.

Kobly worries that the increase in the number will soon spell trouble for small businesses.

“Obviously, as the number of cases increases, some people will be pushing for the closure of non-essential businesses.”

Dr Leyla Asadi, an infectious disease specialist, is one such person, she believes the government needs to take further action.

“I think there are warning signs everywhere,” she says.

She believes the only way to get ahead of continuous propagation is to be proactive, which means lower collection limits and tighter restrictions.

“With an emphasis on things like bars, restaurants, maybe some recreational activities, group recreational activities can be of concern.

People CTV News Edmonton spoke to agree.

“I think we’re not going to have a choice anytime soon as other restrictions will have to be put back in place,” one said.

“I honestly think the government should be doing more. It’s my opinion. It doesn’t look like they’re doing much with it, ”said another.

Asadi says while hospitalization and intensive care rates don’t appear to be high, the system and staff are already under pressure.

“The increase in admissions of COVID patients themselves, you have epidemics in hospitals and you have staff shortages, which combine to put extreme stress on the healthcare system.

Kobly fears another foreclosure could be devastating for small businesses.

“I don’t have much hope that a lot of these small businesses can reopen.”

But Asadi believes a lockdown can be avoided if officials act now.

“It’s easy to want to ignore this virus, and if everything is open, I think people might correctly assume that they are safe doing these things.”


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