Alberta boosts contact tracing as 806 new cases are reported over three days

  • Alberta Health Services is delaying the implementation of its COVID-19 vaccine mandate and introducing a rapid testing program in areas where the vaccine requirement could cause staffing shortages.
  • More than 100 travellers who recently returned to Alberta from countries where the Omicron variant is spreading have been instructed to quarantine, as Premier Jason Kenney announced new measures meant to contain the variant of concern on Monday.
  • While the Omicron variant has been detected in Ontario, an infectious disease expert says it’s likely inevitable it makes its way into Alberta.
  • A COVID-19 adviser to the South Africa government and the Pretoria doctor who first sounded the alarm about the new strain says symptoms linked to the Omicron variant have been mild so far, but the WHO cautions there’s “no information” symptoms are different from other strains.