Kenney, 2 ministers to join Hinshaw for 4 p.m. COVID-19 update

EDMONTON — More COVID-19 restrictions could be on the way Tuesday as the premier and two ministers will speak along with the chief medical officer of health Tuesday afternoon.

Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Jobs, Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweitzer will all be at the COVID-19 update at 4 p.m.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 16 deaths and 1,735 coronavirus cases on Monday, pushing Alberta to more than 20,000 infections. There are 609 Albertans with COVID-19 in hospital, 108 of whom are in ICU.

It was two weeks ago today when the premier introduced restrictions on indoor gatherings and businesses. On Monday, Hinshaw said the province would be in an even worse position without them, but added it looks like the rules were not enough.

“I will be blunt: So far, we are not bending the curve back down,” Hinshaw said. “We’re still witnessing very high transmission of the virus, which is putting enormous pressure on our hospitals, intensive care units and health-care workers.”

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said, and one source confirmed to CTV News, the chief medical officer met with cabinet Monday afternoon to make further recommendations to reduce COVID-19 spread.

Edmonton city council is meeting Tuesday morning to discuss possible restrictions.

Alberta has reported 70,301 cases, 49,603 recoveries and 631 deaths since March.

Watch the COVID-19 update live at CTVNewsEdmonton.ca.

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