Alberta to announce new public-health measures amid highest COVID-19 rates in North America
2021-05-04 from theglobeandmail.com
The Alberta government is set to announce additional COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday as it struggles to respond to an explosive third wave that has left the province with the highest infection rates in North America.
Premier Jason Kenney said public-health measures are being ignored by too many people in his province, including the organizers of a weekend rodeo that doubled as a protest against the rules. Many cities in Alberta have also had regular anti-lockdown protests and more than a quarter of Mr. Kenney’s own United Conservative Party caucus have publicly opposed pandemic restrictions.
Mr. Kenney, who has taken pride in his government adopting a lighter touch than other provinces when it comes to infection-control measures, warned that Alberta’s health care system would soon become overwhelmed if the current trajectory continued. The province added a record 2,433 infections on Saturday – which translates to the highest per capita daily total of any province during the pandemic – and has roughly twice the number of active cases per capita as Ontario.
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