Тренды сегодня “We were wrong:" Alberta Premier announces new restrictions as COVID-19 slams hospitals | FULL

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney apologized on Wednesday for moving the province from a COVID-19 pandemic to an endemic situation in July saying “we were wrong.”

Kenney made the apology during a COVID-19 update where he announced that the hospitality industry in Alberta will need to require proof of vaccination.

He said he was bringing in the added restrictions “reluctantly.”

Kenney has repeatedly said he would not bring in a so-called vaccine passport program but the announcement indicated a willingness to at least partially embrace the idea.

Kenney also announced Wednesday that a state of public health emergency has been declared in Alberta. It marks the second time such a declaration has been made since the pandemic hit the province a year and a half ago. The move is expected to allow the government to swiftly co-ordinate and implement a response to the crisis in order to protect public health.

The announcement came as Alberta’s government has faced mounting pressure to take action in response to skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, a situation that many health experts say is spiralling out of control.

Kenney was joined at Wednesday’s news conference by chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Health Services president Dr. Verna Yiu.

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