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Kenney fumes as Alberta’s COVID-19 case rates remain high
Alberta Health Services has said, that effective Monday, testing for coronavirus variants will now be limited to: health-care workers, hospitalized and emergency room patients, patients involved in outbreaks and recent international travellers.
The province says the move was made necessary because of the overall test volumes amid rising case numbers, so that acceptable turnaround times and lab capacity can be maintained.
Alberta has led Canadian provinces in recent days on a per capita basis in terms of cases. On Sunday, the provincial report tallied 1,731 new cases, with 648 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 155 receiving treatment for virus illness in intensive care beds.
Premier Jason Kenney on Sunday expressed dismay at the large numbers who attended a rodeo rally in Bowden on the weekend.
“Not only are gatherings like this a threat to public health, they are a slap in the face to everybody who is observing the rules to keep themselves and their fellow Albertans safe,” Kenney said on Twitter. “If we do not begin to bend the curve, our health-care system could very well be overwhelmed in a matter of weeks.”
Kenney was expected to be part of a Monday coronavirus briefing at 4 p.m. local time.
Meanwhile, Statistics Canada said in a report released Monday that Alberta saw the largest decline of all the provinces in real gross domestic product in 2020.
Alberta’s GDP dropped 8.2 per cent, driven mostly by plunging demand for oil and gas
“Oil and gas extraction decreased 6.4 per cent as a result of weak demand and a glut of oil on world markets,” Statistics Canada wrote.
Overall, GDP fell by 5.3 per cent across Canada.
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