The Alberta NDP Opposition says Prime Minister Jason Kenny should respond to the diversification of rising COVID-19 and anxiety cases by imposing immediate public health restrictions similar to those in effect in January.
With 1,000 new cases a day, NDP leader Rachel Nodley said Monday that Alberta was in the same place as it was in mid-November. By the time Kenny imposed austerity measures on December 8, the daily new case numbers were close to 1,800, and more than 200 have died since mid-November.
As of Monday, Alberta Health had 887 new cases, including 432 variation cases, and now have 39 percent active cases in the province.
Health officials are now confirming a second outbreak of the highly contagious Brazilian B1 variant.
Two explosions occurred at workplaces in Alberta. One includes three locations in the Northern and Central Zones of “a large employer with multiple bases throughout Western Canada”. Of the 26 COVID-19 cases there, three were identified as B1 variants. The second eruption is in a business in Coal. Five are ill; So far, one case has been confirmed as a B1 variant.
Alberta Health did not release the names of the businesses involved.
Nodley called for a return to action on Jan. 18, when gymnasiums and restaurants were closed, but after a six-week ban, up to 10 people were allowed outside meetings.
“This weekend is a clear turning point, and the virus will not sleep on a holiday, nor should our prime minister,” he told a news conference on Monday.
“Alberts are watching prime ministers across the country take action to keep their citizens safe. We have not yet asked the prime minister. We need to ask him.”
CBC News has approached Kenny’s office to comment.
The Cabinet Committee on Emergency Management will now meet on Tuesday morning.