Alberta Premier Jason Kenney issued a plea on Thursday, urging Albertans to follow public health restrictions over the long weekend as COVID-19 variant cases spike in the province.
Kenney also admitted that the province is in a third wave of COVID-19, saying: “All of our leading indications tell us we are now in a significant new wave of COVID-19.”
Kenney urged Albertans who are going to gather, to do so outside and at a distance.
Kenney pointed the finger at the federal government and the slow supply of vaccine shipments for the spike.
“If our federal government didn’t put Canada to the back of the line for buying vaccines, we’d be where they are in those U.S. states,” Kenney said, while comparing Alberta to states like Texas and Florida where restrictions have been eased.
“If you think of the virus-versus-vaccine fight as a kind of race, federal dithering on vaccines gave the virus a huge head start in that race,” Kenney continued.
The province said Thursday it identified 875 new cases of COVID-19, including 322 variant cases.
As of Thursday, 292 people are in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19, and 59 of those patients are in intensive care. Four more deaths were also recorded on Thursday.
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