The Federal Government will deploy the members of the Canadian Armed Forces to Alberta as the province has been witnessing a steep rise in cases and deaths during the fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic. (File Photo – Canadian Armed Forces)
“We’re deploying @CanadianForces members and @RedCrossCanada personnel to Alberta to reduce the burden on health care workers. We’ll continue having Alberta’s back, and do everything necessary to keep people safe and finish the fight against COVID-19,” Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted.
Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said the Government of Canada will always be there to help Canadians in the fight against COVID-19.
“Last week, I approved a Request for Federal Assistance from the province of Alberta and I’m pleased that Alberta has clarified their specific needs,” Blair said, adding that “As a result of information provided by Alberta today, we will be deploying the CAF and Red Cross to Alberta.”
This comes as the Alberta Health Services has been reporting a steep rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths during the recent weeks.
The Alberta Health on Thursday reported 20 COVID-19 deaths and 1,706 cases over a 24-hour with the health officials saying the provincial health system is under extreme pressure.