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By Steve Scherer and Nia Williams (NYSE:)
OTTAWA/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) -The Canadian province of Alberta will enhance restrictions aimed toward limiting the unfold of COVID-19 as a 3rd wave of the pandemic threatens to overwhelm the hospital system inside weeks, Premier Jason Kenney mentioned on Tuesday.
Stricter measures embody confining colleges to on-line studying, ordering workplaces with COVID-19 outbreaks to shut for 10 days, closing salons, permitting eating places to supply takeout service solely and decreasing the variety of folks allowed at funerals and non secular companies.
Alberta, the middle of Canada’s vitality business, has the best per capita charge of COVID-19 circumstances within the nation and follows Ontario and Quebec in beefing up restrictions.
“In case you can keep dwelling, please keep dwelling,” Kenney informed a information convention.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned on Tuesday the federal authorities was providing no matter assist the province wanted to get the scenario below management and hold Albertans secure.
Alberta’s more durable measures come on the identical day Canada’s Tourism Minister Melanie Joly mentioned the nation is working with worldwide companions to develop a standardized vaccine certification for journey.
Canada at present has the next an infection charge than the US because it rolls out vaccines throughout a 3rd wave. The nation has totally inoculated solely 3% of its virtually 38 million folks, although greater than 34% have obtained a primary dose and tens of millions of doses are arriving every week.
“Clearly as vaccination is being rolled out, we’ll place ourself as a secure vacation spot,” Joly mentioned in a phone interview after attending a digital assembly together with her G20 counterparts earlier within the day.
Canada’s land border with the US has been closed to non-essential journey since March 2020, and people arriving by airplane should be examined and quarantine themselves.
The third wave gripping the nation now has dimmed the hopes of airways and the tourism sector for renewed journey this summer time.
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