According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Kenney will announce new public health measures to limit the spread just after 6 p.m.
The address will be broadcast live in this article, on Global News stations across the province and on 630 CHED in Edmonton and Global News Radio 770 CHQR in Calgary.
Kenney says new COVID-19 restrictions will likely arrive in Alberta on Tuesday as health crisis worsens
During the COVID-19 update on Monday, Kenney promised tighter restrictions.
As of Tuesday, Alberta confirmed 1,743 additional cases of COVID-19 as well as 876 new cases involving variants of concern. The worrisome variants now represent at least 62.3% of active cases.
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Nine more deaths from COVID-19 were announced on Tuesday.
Three of the deaths were reported in the Edmonton area with co-morbidities: a man in his 60s and a man in his 90th have died. Another 60-year-old man with no known comorbidities also died in this area.
In the Calgary area, four deaths were reported and all had co-morbidities: a man in his 80s, two men in his 60s and a man in his 60s.
A 60-year-old man with no known comorbidities in the central zone died and an 80-year-old woman with known comorbidities in the southern zone also died.
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Alberta’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 2,099.
There were 671 Albertans hospitalized for COVID-19, including 150 in ICUs.
“Take this seriously,” Albertans implored Monday, suggesting the health care system may soon see its capacity exceeded if the rise in coronavirus cases in the province does not begin to flatten or decline.
Kenney said the conversation about possible restrictions was ongoing, but did not say Monday what they would entail, but has repeatedly said that similar “lockdowns” to what Toronto have done have not had the desired effect.
“We can have, on paper, the most difficult lockdown imaginable, and if … a large part of the population doesn’t follow that, it doesn’t matter,” he said. .
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Kenney will not be answering questions during his speech.
In addition to the new cases announced on Monday, the province also confirmed four additional COVID-related deaths. 1,900 other worrisome variants were also identified, representing at least 63.8% of active cases.
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Alberta Health Services has abandoned testing of all positive COVID-19 cases for variants of concern, instead of targeting variant testing on populations most at risk.
As of Monday’s update, there were 23,608 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
To date, 171,212 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
– With files from Phil Heidenreich, Global News