Story at a glance:
- Alberta has the worst coronavirus outbreak in North America, reported The Guardian.
- The minister of Alberta added new safety measures, but almost half of his constituents are not pleased with existing rules.
- Alberta is a Canadian Texas both in terms of its economy and the shocking number of coronavirus cases.
Alberta, Canada, is experiencing the worst coronavirus outbreak in North America reports The Guardian, with one of the highest active case rates in the world.
Reuters reported that with nearly 24,000 active cases and 146 people in intensive care, Alberta became the first province in Canada on Wednesday to lower the Pfizer vaccination age to 12 out of desperation to keep everyone safe and healthy.
After less than 200 cases were reported in February, 2,271 new confirmed cases were reported on Wednesday alone and are sparking discussions.
The United Conservative Party leader John Kenney, a Canadian politician who served as the first minister of Alberta, has added new measures in response to the surge of cases.
"We must act to bend the curve down one last time," Kenney told reporters during a news conference.
Under the new COVID-19 restrictions, schools in the city will operate exclusively online for two weeks and outdoor dining at restaurants is suspended for up to three weeks.
In a city where 75 percent thinks the COVID-19 pandemic was handled poorly, nearly half of Alberta (45 percent) believe the prior restrictions were going too far.
“The reason we are at this critical stage of the pandemic in Alberta, with record high daily case counts and intensive care numbers, is precisely because, for whatever reason, too many Albertans are ignoring the rules we have in place,” Kenney, The Guardian reported.
Alberta has a population of about 4.4 million people, with 81 percent of Alberta's population living in urban areas and 19 percent in the rural areas, according to. In terms of its economical and cultural similarities, Alberta is like a snow-filled Texas, the Huffington Post reported, and seems to be experiencing a similar surge in COVID-19 cases.
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