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Alberta’s Kenney to field questions on new COVID rules, looming hospital crisis

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and key members of his United Conservative cabinet are to provide more details and answer questions this morning on new COVID-19 health restrictions.

Kenney introduced tougher rules last night but didn’t take questions from reporters.

The changes include closing schools to in-person learning on Friday and ordering barbershops, hair salons and restaurant patios to shut down as of Sunday.

The premier says the rules are necessary to arrest a surging wave of COVID-19 cases that will otherwise overwhelm the health system in the next few weeks.

Alberta has more than 150 people in intensive care with the illness and its COVID-19 case rates are the highest in North America.

The Opposition NDP says once again Kenney is doing too little, too late with little warning to those affected.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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