‘Variants are winning’: Premier Jason Kenney announces Alberta in 3rd wave of COVID-19

Premier Jason Kenney announced Thursday that Alberta is into a third wave of COVID-19 and warned that in the race between variants and vaccines, “vaccines are winning”.

Kenney and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, held a news conference Thursday to warn the surge in variants in the province is putting Albertans at risk

On Wednesday, Alberta reported 875 new cases of the illness, 322 of those involving the variant strains.

Four more people have died from the disease.

On Wednesday, Kenney blamed the rising numbers on Albertan’s apathy and fatigue.

“We think a lot of the spread that is happening now is because people have become tired of all of this,” he said at a news conference in Lethbridge. “They’ve either kind of forgotten about the guidelines or they just wished them away.”

Kenney asked Albertans not to socialize outside of their family group over the Easter weekend.

The province is contending with rising hospitalization numbers and a surge in cases linked to variants of concern — trends that have delayed plans for further easing public health restrictions.

There are 292 people in hospital with the disease, 59 of them in intensive care.

Variants of concern now account for one-third of active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

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