The Alberta government announced new restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19

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Alberta Premier, Jason Kenny, updated the media on March 20, 2020, in Edmonton on measures taken to help with COVID-19.

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Alberta is running all grade-school classes online and closing or limiting a wide array of businesses as it seeks to reverse the rapidly growing COVID-19 transitions that have made the province a North American hot spot. And threaten to overwhelm the health care system.

Premier Jason Kenny used a television address on Tuesday evening to pull out a series of new restrictions, which are the most serious since the first wave a year ago. The day before, he admitted that previous attempts to respond with less stringent measures had not worked because many people in his province are ignoring health-related orders.

The response to COVID-19 has been particularly divisive in Alberta, with anti-lockdown protests now a regular feature of many cities and towns, including a rodeo that last weekend saw large crowds in an area near Boden Attracts More than a dozen members of Mr. Kenny’s United Conservative Party caucus have objected to public health measures.

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Mr Kenny said the province had attempted to adopt a more balanced approach than other jurisdictions, but added that increasing hospital admissions, driven by a spike in cases, meant that his government had to act.

“If COVID-19’s exponential growth in Alberta continues, it will start pushing the outer limits of our boom and expanded hospital capacity even within weeks.”

“We will not let our health care system get overwhelmed. We should not force our doctors and nurses to decide who cares and who does not. “

Schools will switch to online tutoring starting this Friday and will not return until May 25 after a long weekend.

From Wednesday, outdoor gatherings will be limited to five people, gyms will have to be closed, funerals will be limited to 10 people, retailers will have to operate at 10-percent capacity and north-east schools will have to switch to online classes. Churches will be limited to 15 people.

Workplaces with three or more consecutive cases of COVID-19 will be forced to close for 10 days, although this does not apply to work camps or essential services.

The person’s food was also closed by the restaurant being open, but those patios should be closed on Sunday nights. Salons, tattoo parlors and other personal-services businesses have to close at the same time.

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Mr. Kenny said that anyone who can live in the house needs to do so.

No one wants to come here after 14 months with several waves of this epidemic, but our commitment to the health and safety of Albertans should come first.

Alberta has led the nation in per capita infections for weeks and has been unable to reverse that trend, while other provinces have also successfully reduced their declining inclinations. The province now has the highest per capita infection rate in North America and the worst COVID-19 in rival regions of the world.

The province’s health care system has been strained in recent weeks, though it is yet to see the same crisis going on in Ontario, where patients are badly harassed in helicopters as health care officials in other cities To provide additional intensive care. Beds.

But medical experts warn that the situation in Alberta will only get worse. Even if the measures announced on Tuesday eventually turn the province’s transition around, hospital and ICU admissions are expected to continue rising for at least a few weeks.

As of Tuesday there were 150 people with COVID-19 in Alberta’s intensive care units and Mr. Kenny said the health care system could expand capacity to handle 425, although it required canceling non-urgent procedures Will be. Alberta Health Services, the province’s centralized health authority, published a triage document last week that would guide decisions if hospitals were overwhelmed enough to force doctors to decide who to treat and who from the ICU Be removed. AHS officials say they do not believe the triage protocol will ever be used.

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Rachel Nottley, leader of the Alberta NDP, said that Mr. Kenny is reducing the capacity of people and small businesses to plan, saying that.

“Premier has continued its pattern of promising and under-delivery, by making false promises and creating false expectations, giving rise to more challenges and disappointments in the coming weeks.” “

“I don’t think there’s one person out there who thinks that two weeks is going to do the trick.”

The Premier has dismissed claims that his government has moved too slowly in the current wave, arguing that the government proceeded cautiously to ease the transition while minimizing the pain it inflicted on the public.

Christine Gibson, a family physician in Calgary, said it is “encouraging” that the government appears to be hearing about science and “understands that we are under a lot of stress.”

However, she was expecting more stringent measures “some measures are inconsistent,” she said. “The problem with Alberta and why we have such different results is due to inconsistent messaging that isn’t really sensible.”

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For example, he questioned why the places of worship are still open to 15 people.

“Why? It makes no sense,” said Dr. Gibson. “It’s really quite arbitrary … no piece of it is in science.”

The government loosened public health measures by a second wave that began in February as it allowed restaurants to open for retailers and churches, expanded capacity, opened salons, and more activities in gyms.

In early April, as infections and hospital admissions again accelerated, the province discontinued indoor feeding, although the petties remained open. Last week, the government closed individual classes for junior and high school students and closed indoor fitness activities in hot spots, although many schools in those areas were already closed.

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