EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Alberta isn’t following Manitoba’s footsteps and imposing stricter measures on interprovincial journey.
On Tuesday, Premier Brian Pallister introduced his authorities is requiring all home travellers to self-isolate for 14 days after getting into the province.
He referred to as the transfer is critical because the nation sees an increase in COVID-19 variants and a slower rollout of vaccines.
There are 20 recognized U.Okay. variants and 5 South African circumstances in Alberta. One of many U.Okay. circumstances hasn’t been linked to journey, which means it might have entered the broader neighborhood.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Well being, mentioned she doesn’t consider the province must impose restrictions on interprovincial journey presently.
Officers proceed to observe the unfold of the virus and the brand new variants. Hinshaw says the restrictions will stay in place for a short while longer
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“The part we’re in proper now the place we’re taking a look at these totally different variant circumstances rising is that we have to take a look at not simply the worldwide journey, but it surely’s necessary we additionally take a look at interprovincial journey,” she mentioned.
“The general public well being measure and public well being precautions which can be in place in virtually each province throughout the nation, if all of us comply with them, we will restrict transmission.”
Contact tracing groups proceed to analyze the only case not linked to journey. There was restricted family transmission at this level however there is no such thing as a proof to counsel it’s unfold past that.
“We’re doing each the forwards tracing and backwards tracing to attempt to perceive the place that got here from, in addition to aggressive testing to make it possible for we’re monitoring any potential for onward unfold and placing a cease in place round that,” Hinshaw mentioned.
There have been 366 COVID-19 circumstances discovered after the province performed over 8,000 exams.
The provincial positivity charge is at the moment 4.4 per cent.
Fourteen new deaths have been reported bringing the full to 1,587.
Alberta continues to see a downward pattern in hospitalizations with 626, of these 108 are within the ICU.
Almost 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered within the province. Over 9,000 Albertans have been totally immunized with a second dose.