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Canada's Alberta province toughens COVID-19 restrictions

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By Steve Scherer and Nia Williams (NYSE:WMB)

OTTAWA/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) -The Canadian province of Alberta will increase restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 as a third wave of the pandemic threatens to overwhelm the hospital system within weeks, Premier Jason Kenney said on Tuesday.

Stricter measures include confining schools to online learning, ordering workplaces with COVID-19 outbreaks to close for 10 days, closing salons, allowing restaurants to offer takeout service only and reducing the number of people allowed at funerals and religious services.

Alberta, the center of Canada's energy industry, has the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 cases in the country and follows Ontario and Quebec in beefing up restrictions.

"If you can stay home, please stay home," Kenney told a news conference.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday the federal government was offering whatever help the province needed to get the situation under control and keep Albertans safe.

Alberta's tougher measures come on the same day Canada's Tourism Minister Melanie Joly said the country is working with international partners to develop a standardized vaccine certification for travel.

Canada currently has a higher infection rate than the United States as it rolls out vaccines during a third wave. The country has fully inoculated only 3% of its almost 38 million people, though more than 34% have received a first dose and millions of doses are arriving each week.

"Clearly as vaccination is being rolled out, we will position ourself as a safe destination," Joly said in a telephone interview after attending a virtual meeting with her G20 counterparts earlier in the day.

Canada's land border with the United States has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020, and those arriving by plane must be tested and quarantine themselves.

The third wave gripping the country now has dimmed the hopes of airlines and the tourism sector for renewed travel this summer.

Canada's Alberta province toughens COVID-19 restrictions
 

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John Snowden
John Snowden May 04, 2021 10:22PM ET
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These cases are so low, who cares? This is a first world country with a very low-density population. The amount of taxes they pay is directly proportional to the size of the government and the extent of it's power. Totalitarianism is all this is. If they cared about the people, they would have stopped Chicom planes last year.
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd May 04, 2021 10:22PM ET
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Agenda 2030  Charls Shwab world economic forum , you own nothing and you will be happy , so they say ,lol.
danny Levine
danny Levine May 04, 2021 9:47PM ET
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tyrants
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd May 04, 2021 9:21PM ET
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Call it a new totalitarian government of alberta . It is all fearmongering there is no pandemic there it is hoax .
Don Getty
Don Getty May 04, 2021 9:21PM ET
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ok comrade, best say it on tass
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Don Getty Alberta has 2099 deaths with covid  hoax since the beginning of this plandemic ,lol.
 
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