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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to speak as COVID-19 cases continue to soar in province

The announcement comes almost two weeks after Kenney announced new measures, including a type of vaccine passport, to try to slow down nation-leading cases of COVID-19.

September 28, 2021  The Canadian Press

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is set to speak to reporters late on Sept. 28 as COVID-19 continues to surge in the province, pushing intensive care wards to a breaking point.

Kenney is to hold an afternoon news conference with Justice Minister Kaycee Madu, Health Minister Jason Copping and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health.

The announcement comes almost two weeks after Kenney announced new measures, including a type of vaccine passport, to try to slow down nation-leading cases of COVID-19 and give more people an incentive to get their shots.

The case numbers, however, have continued to average well over a thousand a day, with about 1,700 new cases reported each day over the weekend.

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The Alberta Medical Association and infectious disease specialists say the only solution is an immediate lockdown, shutting down schools, businesses and attendance at sports events, and fully compensating those affected.

Kenney has rejected those calls, saying it would not be fair to the 83 per cent of eligible Albertans who have stepped up to get at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.