Trudeau speaks with Kenney amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Alberta

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney amid a steep a rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Alberta during the recent weeks.

“Today, Premier @JKenney and I spoke about Alberta’s current COVID-19 situation. From vaccines to rapid tests to other resources, we’re committed to providing the province with whatever is needed to keep people safe. That continues to be our top priority,” Trudeau said in a statement posted on Twitter.

This comes as Alberta has been witnessing a steep rise in daily COVID-19 cases and deaths over the past few weeks.

The province on Wednesday reported 34 additional deaths over a 24-hour as Alberta’s top doctor warned that the provincial health syst4em is under extreme pressure.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said 1,084 people are in due to COVID-19, including 268 people who are being treated in Intensive Care Units.

Furthermore, Dr. Hinshaw said 74.6% of the non-ICU patients are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 90.6% of the patients in ICU are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Emphasizing that Alberta’s health system is under extreme pressure, Dr. Hinshaw said getting vaccinated and following all public health measures that are in place will help to ease that strain.

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