Alberta to suspend COVID testing pilot at Calgary airport amid new federal travel restrictions |FULL

Alberta will be suspending a COVID-19 border testing pilot program at YYC Calgary International Airport after new federal travel restrictions come into effect, Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced on Thursday.

In the coming weeks, all travellers coming into Canada will be required to have a COVID-19 test at the border and quarantine at a designated hotel.

The border testing pilot project was launched in November. It allowed people to opt in to take a COVID-19 test. If they tested negative, it would allow them to shorten the required quarantine time as long as they followed other rules that went above and beyond the normal health restrictions.

Alberta identified 351 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Thursday and recorded 16 additional deaths related to the disease.

Hinshaw also announced there were 397 patients in hospital with COVID-19, with 71 people in the ICU.

Alberta recorded its highest jump in the number of new cases within 24 hours involving COVID-19 variants on Thursday with a total of 157 cases. Hinshaw was quick to point out that the testing numbers go back to early February.

"Sometimes, the time between that original test and that screen can be a bit delayed because of that transport time, and so what we’ve seen again is several days worth of testing that have come in all at once," Hinshaw said.

For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7634474/alberta-covid-19-coronavirus-update-february-11/

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