Alberta government risks public buy-in on COVID-19 by withholding data: Opposition

Alberta government risks public buy-in on COVID-19 by withholding data: Opposition

Alberta’s Opposition says Premier Jason Kenney’s government needs to start showing its hand if it wants to ensure public buy-in on targeted COVID-19 health restrictions.

NDP health critic David Shepherd says the public is not getting the reasons and evidence behind the decisions to shut down some businesses but not others.

Read more: New restrictions announced for Alberta as 860 COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths reported Thursday

“Jason Kenney is keeping Albertans in the dark,” Shepherd said Friday.

“We don’t have an explanation for why they chose those particular businesses.

“If this premier won’t take it seriously (enough) that he’s willing to communicate openly and honestly with the people of Alberta, then we’re going to get what we have now, where we have, unfortunately, too low a level of compliance of even the most basic of things.”

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2:01 Sociologist says reluctance to follow COVID-19 restrictions won’t go away, urges government to take more action
Sociologist says reluctance to follow COVID-19 restrictions won’t go away, urges government to take more action

COVID-19 cases have been rising alarmingly for weeks in Alberta. The caseload has overwhelmed contact tracing and strained the health-care system.

Alberta set a sobering single-day record Friday with 1,155 new cases. There were 310 people in hospital, 58 of them in intensive care, and 11 new deaths for a total of 462.

Read more: ‘Our situation is grim’: Alberta breaks daily record for COVID-19 cases Friday, sees 11 new deaths

Because contact tracing can’t keep up, officials don’t know where 82 per cent of the 10,655 active infections were contracted.…

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