British Columbia warned of potentially explosive spread of COVID-19 as the long weekend approaches

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With the possibility of an explosive spread of COVID-19 cases over the Labor Day long weekend, BC’s top doctor asks us to work harder to flatten the curve.She says transmissions continue at private gatherings, indoor parties, and as people mingle between the bubbles, and what happens two weeks later depends on the choices we make now.

(Courtesy of the Government of British Columbia)

“Choose to be small, choose to spend time with your home bubble rather than with a bunch of strangers and choose to use these layers of protection wherever you go,” Provincial Administrator Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday. of health.

While young people between the ages of 20 and 29 are now the largest infected demographic in B.C., Henry explained that one of the reasons parties and gatherings are getting so much attention is that contact tracing is so difficult in these situations.

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“It’s the mixing with people that we don’t know that we know to be risky because then we are subject to the same people that they came into contact with and that risk increases very quickly,” she said.

Henry added that workplace outbreaks continue, but it is much easier to contain these outbreaks to two or three people in each group, thanks to WorkSafeBC’s safety plans.

She recognizes that social interaction is the key to making life fun, however Henry said it is important to find new ways to meet this need, for now, especially as children return to school, young adults enter post-secondary education and many return to school. job.

“It’s an important part of life when you’re young; this need for social interaction is so much greater, so now we have to change our focus and do it in a safe way. ”

British Columbia has recorded more than 6,000 cases of COVID-19, with more than 4,600 cases marked as “cured.” There were 210 deaths.



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