“COVID-19 has not gone away,” said Henry.
There are now 2,353 confirmed cases of the disease in the province. Of these, 1,719 cases have fully recovered. The COVID-19 death toll stands at 130.
Sixty-six COVID-19 patients are hospitalized – a decrease of three patients from Saturday – while 18 patients are still in intensive care.
An epidemic involving temporary foreign workers in the Bylands nurseries in West Kelowna is now over.
Henry has asked for patience as the province prepares to ease physical distance requirements after the long weekend in May, saying a thoughtful and measured approach will keep the public safe.
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“A regular stream will be much more efficient than a rushing river,” she said.
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Henry responded to widespread reports on Saturday that people were gathering in groups in parks and beaches in the middle of the hot weather, saying the province may have announced plans to start reopening after the long weekend in May , this date is not yet here.
“We are not yet ready to move on to phase two … which means that we must all continue to do what we have done,” she said.
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Also on Monday, the Vancouver Park Board said it issued nearly 1,900 warnings to people in parks and beaches last weekend regarding a lack of physical distance. Consequently, the reopening of parking lots at these locations will be delayed.
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Health Minister Adrian Dix said it was tempting to think that the province had made enough progress in the fight against COVID-19, but the threat posed by the new coronavirus was far from over.
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Travel restrictions across the Canada-US border will expire on May 21, but Dix said he told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the province believed the border should not reopen.
Henry agreed, but admitted that there could be some latitude regarding family reunification.
“I know it has been very difficult for some families who have members on each side of the border, but a large reopening of the borders is not in our interest in the weeks to come,” she said.
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Henry said the province is closely monitoring the progress of countries such as Germany, New Zealand and Norway which have flattened the curve and are now working to prevent an outbreak of new cases.
She noted that Germany had seen a slight increase for reasons that were not entirely clear.
South Korea has recently seen an increase in the number of cases, some of which are linked to nightclubs.
BEFORE CHRIST. said bars and nightclubs will be among the last businesses to reopen.
– With files from Simon Little
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