Saskatchewan's top doctor warns against gatherings to keep essential services going

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REGINA — Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer is asking the public to stop gatherings except for work and school.

The province is reporting 913 new cases of COVID-19 — an all-time high — with a test positivity rate of 28 per cent.

Dr. Saqib Shahab cautions that number will go up in the next two to four weeks and now is the time to stop unnecessary indoor gatherings.

Shahab says limiting get-togethers is necessary to prevent front-line workers from getting sick and preserving essential services.

He says if people don't follow the recommendation, the Saskatchewan Party government will have to consider public health measures, including a limit on gathering sizes.

There are no limits on gatherings right now.

Shahab is also recommending people limit interprovincial travel to prevent the highly transmissible Omicron variant from spreading to other communities prematurely.

"Omicron is less severe. By no means is it something we should disregard," he said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 6, 2022.

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