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Albertans and British Columbians asked to stay in their own provinces this Easter long weekend

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provide an update on COVID-19 to the media.
Image Credit: Province of British Columbia
April 09, 2020 - 9:10 AM

Albertans, stay home.

British Columbians, you too.

Simply don't leave your home province — not for the time being at least.

That’s the message from health ministers from both provinces, who issued a joint message early April 9, the day before the long weekend gets underway. 

Albertans and British Columbians, they say, have deep and historic ties. Many have family and friends on both sides of the border and enjoy visiting each other's province.

"A typical long weekend is something we look forward to throughout the year. It's a chance to spend a little extra time with our loved ones, often in gatherings or on trips out of town,” Adrian Dix, Minister of Health for British Columbia, and Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health for Alberta, write.

”This long weekend is different. These are extraordinary times. A global pandemic puts us all at risk — and we all must stay home, stay in our communities and stay at a safe physical distance from others when outside.

"Spending a holiday away from people we care about is difficult - but what we are doing matters. Together, we are helping slow the spread of COVID-19. Let us be clear: Staying home means no travelling - especially across our borders.”

Instead, they encourage everyone to find ways to connect virtually this long weekend, including by video chat or with phone calls.

"Please continue to make every effort to protect loved ones, our Elders and our health-care workers," they say.  "Now, more than ever, we need you to keep it up."\

Here are the latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 11:15 a.m. on April 9, 2020:

There are 19,805 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada.

_ Quebec: 10,031 confirmed (including 175 deaths, 827 resolved)

_ Ontario: 5,759 confirmed (including 200 deaths, 2,305 resolved)

_ Alberta: 1,423 confirmed (including 29 deaths, 519 resolved)

_ British Columbia: 1,336 confirmed (including 48 deaths, 838 resolved)

_ Nova Scotia: 373 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 82 resolved)

_ Saskatchewan: 271 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 88 resolved)

_ Newfoundland and Labrador: 232 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 74 resolved)

_ Manitoba: 206 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 69 resolved), 15 presumptive

_ New Brunswick: 108 confirmed (including 50 resolved)

_ Prince Edward Island: 25 confirmed (including 17 resolved)

_ Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed

_ Yukon: 8 confirmed (including 4 resolved)

_ Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 1 resolved)

_ Nunavut: No confirmed cases

_ Total: 19,805 (15 presumptive, 19,790 confirmed including 462 deaths, 4,874 resolved)

—With files from CP

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