Premier Kenney to join Dr. Hinshaw for Alberta’s COVID-19 update Thursday

Premier Jason Kenney is set to be on hand for Thursday’s update on COVID-19 in Alberta.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to provide the update at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Global News will stream the news conference live in this story post.

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On Wednesday, Kenney said he would be joining Hinshaw to talk about what he called a concerning spike in cases, particularly variant cases of concern.

“We are very close to the end of this thing and we should be very concerned about the new variant-driven growth in cases,” Kenney said Wednesday. “It will start significantly to show up in our hospitals, there is no doubt about that.

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“I will have more to say about exactly that tomorrow with Dr. Hinshaw,” the premier said Wednesday.

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Alberta recorded a total of 871 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday — the highest daily case count in Alberta since mid-January. Of those, 406 were variant cases — the highest daily number of variants recorded to date in Alberta.

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There were 301 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 63 of those people being treated in intensive care.

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