As elections approach, British Columbia has the highest rate of active COVID-19 cases per capita in Canada


With a provincial election on the horizon, British Columbia has the highest rate of active COVID-19 cases per capita in Canada. According to the Health Canada website, British Columbia has a rate of 36 active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population, the highest of any province or territory. Quebec and Alberta have slightly lower rates, at 35 and 33 cases per 100,000, while Ontario had 21 cases per 100,000. Data also shows that British Columbia has a total of 1,822 active cases. COVID-19, the third highest in the country. Only Ontario and Quebec have more active cases, although these two provinces also have cities with metropolitan populations exceeding four million. British Columbia’s testing rate remains low compared to the rest of the country, despite increasing testing capacity in recent weeks. The province currently has a test rate of 75,575 tests per million, significantly lower than Quebec, Alberta, Ontario and Prince Edward Island, all of which are above 100,000 per million. However, British Columbia no longer has the lowest rate of all the provinces in Canada, as it has overtaken Newfoundland and Labrador. It also has a higher rate than the Yukon and Nunavut. The data comes on the same day BC Premier John Horgan called an instant provincial election, to be held on October 24. “British Columbians have worked hard to get on the safe side of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are far from over. Woodland. We are not at the end of COVID-19, we are at the beginning. This pandemic will be with us for a year or more and that’s why I think we need to have this election now, ”Horgan said in an announcement Monday morning. A provincial election was scheduled for October 2021. Rumors have been circulating in recent days about the possibility of an early election, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases in British Columbia. Horgan said that while he hasn’t consulted Dr Bonnie Henry about holding an election in the event of a pandemic, the time to hold it is now. “We can either delay this decision and create uncertainty and instability over the next 12 months, more speculation, more discussion of what might be, or we can do what I still believe is right.” thing and ask British Columbians what they think, ”he told me. Asked whether to call an election when British Columbia has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita in the country, Horgan said the province had a low positivity rate. “Well, we have a low positivity rate compared to the number of tests we’ve done,” he says. But not everyone agrees with the decision to call an election. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson told CBC that Horgan secured jobs for the NDP and chose politics over people. British Columbia Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau said there was “no legitimate justification” for an election. “For the next month, his ministers will be on the electoral trail instead of working with the provincial health officer to manage this pandemic which, as we know, changes daily. This is politics at its worst, ”Furstenau said in a media statement.


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