Kenney, Hinshaw to provide COVID-19 update ahead of Easter weekend

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Premier Jason Kenney and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will provide an update on COVID-19 in Alberta ahead of the long weekend.

The province reported 871 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday – its highest since Jan. 13 – and set a new record for variant cases with 406 identified.

Earlier in the day, Kenney urged Albertans to stay home over Easter and called the rise in variants a “wake-up call.”

“We can see the end. But we have to finish this strongly without imposing massive pressure on our hospital system,” Kenney said.

“So, I would plead with Albertans, please be very careful and follow the public health guidelines and the restrictions in place. We think a lot of the spread that’s happening now is because people have become tired of all of this, they’ve either kind of forgotten about the guidelines or they just wish them away.”

Alberta hospitals have 301 patients with COVID-19, a figure that was unchanged from Tuesday. Sixty-three are in intensive care units, an increase of five. Three more deaths raised the provincial death toll to 1,990.

Kenney and Hinshaw will speak at 3:30 p.m.

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