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EDMONTON –
Alberta Returns to Stage 1 of COVID-19 Restrictions and Will Close Indoor Meals as Cases of Concerning COVID-19 Variants Rise Across Province

At midnight on Tuesday, the government will reduce retail capacity to 15%, close libraries, allow only one-on-one trainings, and ban activities such as dancing and singing

And on Fridays, restaurants, bars and cafes must close indoor dining, but can remain open for outdoor patio dining, take-out, and curbside pickup.

Indoor gatherings are still prohibited, outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, and places of worship continue to be limited to 15% occupancy

Alberta has reported 931 cases, including 676 variant infections, and three deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,001

The province has seen a recent surge in cases and has added more than 800 new infections every day since March 31

Since the start of April, the number of active cases in the province has increased by more than 1,700 Meanwhile, his test positivity has exceeded eight percent each of the past five days, including 102 percent on Tuesday

Worrisome variants now represent 426% of 10,809 active cases, up from 27% last Monday

“It is not yet clear if P1 causes more severe results than the other strains, but we do know that, like the B117 variant, is more contagious,” Dr Deena Hinshaw said “We have to make sure we look at this big picture when we are considering all the variants we see in the province, and taking action every day to prevent the spread of all strains of COVID-19″

Variants of COVID-19 in Alberta
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* 15 – P1 () –
* 4604 active cases (426% of all active)
-Zone 320 of Calgary
-Edmonton Zone 186
-Central 73
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When asked if the variants would become the main source of infections this week, Dr Hinshaw said: “Yes, I think that is correct”

Hospitalizations have remained above 300 in six of the past seven days, including the last five in a row.The number of patients in intensive care units has increased faster, to 76 reported on Tuesday, nearly double the 40 reported three weeks ago

Kenney said projections show Alberta could reach an average of 2,000 cases per day by the end of April based on current transmission rates, and up to 1,000 patients in hospital.

“We believe, based on the current trajectory, that if we do not slow down this curve, we are ready to reach the maximum capacity of our system by mid-May,” said Prime Minister Jason Kenney.

“We can only do this together to avoid a long situation, a huge wave that is causing massive cancellations of surgeries in our hospitals and hundreds of preventable deaths,” he said.

Alberta had administered 734,403 doses of the vaccine and fully immunized just over 123,000 people as of Monday

Starting Wednesday as part of Phase 2B, every Albertan 16 years and older with chronic disease can book an appointment for a vaccine, and people aged 55 to 64 without underlying disease can get vaccinated with AstraZeneca, said Kenney

The Prime Minister also announced the road to recovery, a number of milestones with vaccination targets associated with the reopening

“At the end of May it will be almost half of our population and at the end of June it will be almost two-thirds with some level of protection, and in mid-September if Albertans take us vaccines as I hope they will be, almost three-quarters of Albertans will have a good level of immunity, ”Kenney said

“This is the end of the tunnel This is our path to recovery This is our path to freedom Right now we are in a period of transition, struggling to keep the virus in check, just a little longer, until he is overcome by the vaccines “

Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update from Edmonton on Thursday April 1, 2021 on COVID-19 and the work underway to protect public health (photo by Chris Schwarz / Government of Alberta)

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