COVID-19 cases rise to 56 in Alberta; Kenney announces school closures and $500M boost to health budget

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Sunday that there are now 56 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the province, with 17 of those confirmed over the last 24 hours.

Of the 17 cases, 14 are in Calgary and three are in Edmonton, Kenney said, adding he thinks the province has reached an “inflection point” in the pandemic.

“For at least some of the new cases over the weekend, public health officials have not confirmed a travel history or close contact with a traveller. This indicates community spread,” Kenney said, explaining that investigations are ongoing.

Cancelling classes

Kenney said in response to the increase in cases, there will be an immediate cancellation of all K-12 and post-secondary classes and the closure of licenced child care programs in the province.

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