Ontario and Quebec have been Canada’s constant COVID-19 hotspots since the pandemic began.
But health officials in Alberta are now sounding the alarm over surging numbers in that province.
The province is seeing almost as many new COVID cases as Ontario, nearly 1,500, with only a third of the population.
The province’s top doctor Deena Hinshaw is calling for action saying that waiting any longer while have severe impacts on the health care system.
“This is like a snowball rolling down a hill, growing bigger and faster, and it will continue unless we implement strong measures to stop,” says Hinshaw.
Health officials in the province continue to urge premier Jason Kenney to implement further restrictions. Alberta has been more resistant to some of the stricter measures taken in other parts of the country.
To everyone in AB, I need your help & we all need to work together. If you can adapt your life to reduce the amount of time that you spend interacting w/others, do it now. We need to reduce social & cohort interactions. This is a challenging time but we are strong together. (8/8)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) November 23, 2020
Even with lockdowns in certain hotspots, cases are continuing to spike across the country, as officials attempt to regain control of the virus.
The country reported more than 5,700 new infections across the board yesterday, a new daily record.
Canada’s top doctor Theresa Tam says we’ve reached the point where we can almost certainly rule out any large family gatherings over the holidays.
“Christmas is not going to be having any kind of large grouping or interactions,” says Tam to the CBC. “That message should probably resonate throughout all provinces and territories.”
The message is the same from top health officials, keep to your household and stay home for the holidays in an effort to flatten the curve of the second wave.