On Thursday, April 1, Premier Jason Kenney provided an Alberta COVID-19 update to the public. \nKenney said that the province has entered a "significant new wave" of COVID-19 and he reported 875 new cases over the past 24-hours.\nEditor's Choice: We Answered Your Most Burning Questions About Ontario's New Shutdown\n\n \n"Instead of delivering a message of openness and optimism, I’m here instead with a plea. Please, please follow Alberta’s health and safety guidelines," he begged. \n"In the race between vaccine and variants of COVID-19, the variants are winning," he continued, begging people to only hangout indoors with their households or two close contacts if they live alone. \nHe noted that Alberta currently has 8,653 active COVID-19 cases, a concerning 55% increase in the last two weeks.