Alberta reports 2,012 COVID-19 cases, Kenney says more restrictions will take place on Tuesday – fr

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Alberta reports 2,012 COVID-19 cases, Kenney says more restrictions will take place on Tuesday – fr


EDMONTON – Premier Jason Kenney has advocated for Albertans to follow COVID-19 public health restrictions in place as the province reported 2,012 new cases on Monday, including 1,900 variant infections.

There are now 23,608 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta – the highest number of total infections in the province throughout the pandemic.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said the province performed about 15,000 tests on Monday, bringing the positivity rate to 13.2% – another high pandemic.

There are now 658 Albertans in hospital, up from 648 on Sunday. Intensive care admissions were 154 people in the province.

Alberta now has an average of seven days of new cases at 1,969.

Four new deaths were reported on Monday.

Of the 1,900 variant cases of concern reported, 1,558 were variant B.1.1.7 first identified in the UK.

Variant P.1 cases in Alberta have increased dramatically in recent weeks, with 342 new infections of the variant first identified in Brazil and reported on Monday.

As of Sunday, more than 1.64 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in Alberta, with 29.6% of Alberta receiving at least one dose. Only 6.6% of the population has been fully immune to COVID-19.

Almost 60% of Albertans aged 60 to 64 received their first dose and 77% of those aged 65 to 74 were vaccinated for the first time.

Kenney encouraged all Albertans to take COVID-19 “seriously”.

He added that a new set of restrictions are being worked out by the province and more details will be announced on Tuesday.

“Put our health care system first,” Kenney said. “We all want to see the end of this pandemic.”

For Kenney, it’s astonishing that after 14 months and more than 2,000 deaths in Alberta, people continue to treat COVID-19 like a hoax.

“It’s up to each of us, our actions will determine if we get a summer where we can benefit from lighter restrictions and low spread because of the vaccines or if we are still stuck in the fight against the spread of this virus. “, did he declare.

During the COVID-19 update, Kenney announced that Alberta teachers and school support staff like janitors would be eligible for immunizations starting Tuesday.

READ MORE: Alberta Adds Teachers to COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility List

MORE RESTRICTIONS TO COME FOR ALBERTA

Kenney said Albertans can expect “stronger” public health measures for the province on Tuesday.

The cabinet committee on restrictions will meet and Kenney said decisions have yet to be made on what the restrictions are.

The premier questioned why the restrictions in the province have been implemented in a piecemeal and step-by-step fashion, as opposed to larger packages.

“We have always been committed to the same goals, which have been to protect lives, to protect the health system, but also to minimize the negative impact of restrictions on our social health at large,” he said. .

“I think in general we’ve been very successful with that.”

He justified the success of Alberta’s restrictions to date by citing the per capita death rate in the province compared to the national rate and rates in other jurisdictions in North America and Europe.

ALBERTA HAS ‘BEHAVIORAL DIFFERENCE’ FOR MONITORING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Kenney said Alberta has followed a similar political direction to that of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. The number of cases is declining in these provinces as they continue to reach new pandemic heights in Alberta.

For Kenney, the difference lies in complying with the regulations.

“There is a difference in behavior here,” he says. “What we want is for people to follow the rules, not the rules for the sake of the rules.

“That’s why we’ve always taken the approach that restrictions should be a limited last resort to maximize compliance and public buy-in.”

He said the non-compliance issues could be due to the fact that Alberta has the youngest population in Canada and that the younger cohorts have seen more infections, the weather has improved and the more people have moved out, and the province has greater participation in the labor market. resulting in more public-oriented jobs.

Now he says there may be nothing left in the toolbox but tighter, tighter restrictions.

Many questions for Kenney revolved around his response to the pandemic and why Albertans should continue to trust his leadership as pandemic records continue to crash.

“The virus has got us to this point right now,” Kenney said in response to a question about his leadership in bringing the province to this third wave of increases.

“We continue to layer stronger measures on top of stronger measures,” he said. “We saw that it was effective in November and December.

“But at the moment, we are facing a very serious wave and we will take all necessary measures to deal with it.

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