COVID-19: Alberta marks record high in one day with 1,731 new active cases; five other dead

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There were 21,657 tests completed on Saturday, the total of tests completed in the province. 2,211,110 and 1,455,291 people have now been tested.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declared a public health emergency on Tuesday, banning private gatherings indoors and shifting Grades 7 to 12 students to online learning from November 30.

Outdoor gatherings, weddings, and funerals are limited to 10 people.

Places of worship are limited to one-third of normal attendance per service, and religious leaders are encouraged to move their services online. The measures will remain in place for three weeks.

The province is also requiring people to wear masks when working indoors in Edmonton, Calgary and surrounding areas until further notice.

Kenney said Tuesday the province needs to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission from the current level of 1.12.

“Ideally, we would like it to hit 0.8 percent,” he said. “But if we start to take it below 1, then we know we’ve actually started to bend the curve.”

The Edmonton Convention Center’s 24-7 homeless shelter on Friday announced it would operate at reduced capacity after an outbreak, limiting the number of overnight residents to 165 from the previous level of 300.

On Saturday, the Alberta NDP sent out a press release renewing its call for the UCP to provide more support to the homeless in the province, as well as statistics on outbreaks at emergency shelters as part of the daily briefings.

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