Diego Romero
CTVNewsEdmontonca Digital Journalist

Alberta is returning to Step 1 of COVID-19 restrictions and will stop eating indoors as cases of worrying COVID-19 variants increase across the province

Tuesday at midnight, the government will reduce retail capacity to 15 percent, close libraries, allow only one-to-one classes, and ban activities such as dancing and singing

And on Fridays, restaurants, bars, and cafes will have to close indoor dining, but may remain open for alfresco, takeaway, and roadside dining

Indoor gatherings are still prohibited, outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people and places of worship are still occupied at 15 percent

Alberta reported 931 cases, including 676 variant infections, and three deaths, bringing the death toll to 2001 increased

The province has seen a surge in cases recently and has been around since Dec. March added more than 800 new infections daily

Since the beginning of April, the number of active cases in the province has increased by more than 1700 increased meanwhile, the test positivity has exceeded eight percent in each of the last five days, including ten2 percent on Tuesday

Affected variants now represent 426 percent of the 10809 active cases, up from 27 percent last Monday

“It is not yet clear whether P1 causes more severe results than other strains, but we know it is like the B117 variant, is more contagious, “Dr Said Deena Hinshaw, “We need to make sure we look at this bigger picture when we look at all of the variants we’ve seen in the province and take action every day to prevent the spread of all COVID-19 strains”

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When asked if variants would become the dominant source of infection this week, Dr Hinshaw said, “Yeah, I think that’s right”

Hospital stays have stayed above 300 for the last seven days, including the last five consecutive days. The number of patients in intensive care units has increased faster, up to 76 on Tuesday, almost twice as many as three weeks earlier

According to Kenney, Alberta is predicted to have an average of $ 2 by the end of AprilReach 000 cases per day based on current transfer rates and up to 1000 patients in the hospital

“Based on current developments, we believe that if we do not slow down this curve, we will reach the maximum capacity of our system by mid-May,” said Premier Jason Kenney

“We can only do this together to prevent a long situation, a big wave that leads to massive surgery cancellations in our hospitals and hundreds of preventable deaths,” he said

Alberta had 734 on Monday403 doses of vaccine given and just over 123000 people fully immunized

Starting Wednesday as part of Phase 2B, anyone aged 16 and over with a chronic condition can book a vaccination appointment, and people aged 55 to 64 with no underlying medical conditions can get an AstraZeneca shot, Kenney said

The Prime Minister also announced the road to recovery, a series of stages with vaccination goals coupled with reopening

“By the end of May that will be almost half of our population, and by the end of June it will be almost two-thirds with a certain level of protection, and by mid-September, when the Albertans take us in as a vaccine, I hope almost three-quarters of the Albertans have one Will have good levels of immunity, “Kenney said

“This is the end of the tunnel. It is our path to recovery. It is our path to freedom. Right now we are in a transition period and we are struggling to keep control of the virus, just a little longer until it is defeated by vaccines.” becomes “

Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta’s Chief Health Officer Dr Deena Hinshaw announced on Thursday the 1st April 2021, an update from Edmonton on COVID-19 and ongoing work to protect public health (photography by Chris Schwarz / Government of Alberta)

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