Kenney asks Albertans to reconsider New Year's plans and to not 'look for loopholes'

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CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asked people to reconsider their New Year's plans and not "look for loopholes" as the province recorded more than 8,000 COVID-19 cases over a five-day period.

Kenney asked people to keep gatherings small and not congregate with more than nine other adults, and get vaccinated.

Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, says the province's new COVID-19 cases ranged between 2,500 on Christmas Day and 750 on Boxing Day.

She says province recorded 8,250 cases between Dec. 23 and 28, but adds that the numbers are preliminary and the number of completed tests varied considerably from day-to-day.

She says hospitalizations remain "relatively stable" but notes it's still too soon to know if Omicron will stress the health system.

Hinshaw says the number of new deaths wouldn't be available until Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 28, 2021.

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