Kenney calls for patience, promises relaxed restrictions as number of COVID-19 vaccinations increases – fr

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Kenney calls for patience, promises relaxed restrictions as number of COVID-19 vaccinations increases – fr


EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney called for patience on Monday, saying relaxed health restrictions against COVID-19 could happen if vaccinations continue to rise and hospitalizations stabilize.

Kenney said the rules regarding self-isolating quarantine requirements for vaccines could be relaxed “later this week” to reflect “the lower level of … risk they pose.”

The premier said he expects the province to surpass the 50 percent mark of eligible Albertans who received at least one dose of the vaccine that day.

“We should, at some point in June, push 70 percent of the eligible population vaccinated… if that is the case, that bodes very well for a wide reopening later this summer,” he said.

“We still have a long way to go. “

Kenney said his government’s plan to reopen will be tied to the percentage of the population getting vaccinated as well as hospitalizations.

“We need this… vaccine-cautious part of the population to realize that their ticket to freedom and normalcy is to be vaccinated,” he said.

“Please do your part by following public health measures for a little longer and getting vaccinated as soon as possible. ”

CONCERNS ABOUT HEALTH CARE CAPACITY

New data on COVID-19 will be released later Monday afternoon, but by the end of Saturday there were 647 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 186 of them at high pandemic level in intensive care units .

This number does not include 55 other intensive care patients receiving care for something other than COVID-19.

The 10 highest numbers of intensive care patients were all recorded this month.

As a lagging indicator, hospitalizations are expected to continue to increase for the immediate future, even if the number of cases begins to decline.

The Prime Minister has already noted the effect of canceled surgeries due to the need to preserve the capacity of the hospital.

COVID MYTH-BUSTING

Kenney and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw both address a number of what they have called “myths” around COVID-19.

They noted the date showing that recent rural hospitalization rates were 26 percent higher than in urban areas, and that rural areas accounted for 12 of the 15 highest active case rates per capita.

They also addressed perceived issues around testing, saying the COVID-19 tests used by Alberta are considered the “gold standard” in Canada and around the world.

Dr Hinshaw also addressed the misconception that COVID-19 only affects the elderly, saying 40% of people hospitalized since February 1 were under 50, 12% of whom were under 30.

“Every life is important and valued. It is not for debate. “

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