How to keep a lid on COVID-19 in Alberta

Edmonton’s city council is considering a motion that would give people in the Alberta city the right to use personal protective equipment.

A motion calling for an immediate increase in the use of masks, gloves and breathing apparatus to protect people who live in neighbourhoods where the virus has spread, was introduced Thursday.

The motion is opposed by a number of people, including a prominent local MP who is a member of the city’s advisory committee on health and human services.

A spokesperson for Mayor Don Iveson says the city is looking at what’s been proposed and that it has no plans to increase the use or usage of masks.

The city’s health and social services minister says a similar motion has been proposed by the city of Calgary.

A city spokesperson says the motion was introduced in response to an increase in respiratory infections reported in the city, including two cases linked to a single incident.

There are concerns the number of cases could continue to grow and that the number who need medical attention may be far too few to be counted.

With files from the Canadian Press.