Further restrictions coming as Alberta reports 2,012 new COVID-19 cases

Further restrictions coming as Alberta reports 2,012 new COVID-19 cases

Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will give an update on Alberta's vaccine rollout Monday afternoon.

Alberta's number of total active cases hit 22,504 Sunday - a new record - and on Saturday the province recorded 2,433 new infections, its highest daily case count since the pandemic began.

There are now 658 individuals in hospital due to the virus, including 154 in intensive care.

The province has the highest active case rate in Canada and the United States, with 518 active cases per 100,000 people - more than twice that of the case rate of 252 in Ontario.

They say that would cause the system to crack and force doctors to decide which critical patients get care and which don't. "We need to bend the curve in the next few weeks".

"The reason we are at this critical stage of the pandemic in Alberta, with record-high daily case counts and intensive-care numbers, is precisely because, for whatever reason, too many Albertans are ignoring the rules that we now have in place", he said.

Kenney's speech will be live-streamed on http://alberta.ca/news and Kenney's Facebook page and Twitter account. The new cases included 1,900 cases of the more contagious variants of concern.

Kenney has been criticized for being slow on introducing new health restrictions despite surging case rates that last week grew to more than 2,000 a day.

There are now 23,623 active cases in Alberta.

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