British Columbia now has more than double the active cases per capita in Ontario


VANCOUVER – At the end of a difficult week that saw several broken records for COVID-19 infections and deaths in British Columbia, the province now has more than twice as many active cases per capita as Ontario. Federal government publishes daily, moving average and active counts in an infographic, and the contrast is stark: As the Prairie provinces and Nunavut grapple with a surge in per capita infections, British Columbia is slowly catching up and is in a much worse situation than both. the most populous provinces of Canada.

As of Friday, British Columbia had 189 active cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population, compared to 135 in Quebec and just 88 in Ontario. Alberta (321), Saskatchewan (268), Nunavut (387) and Manitoba (646) had the highest per capita active infections.

CTV News asked Dr.Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator, if she had considered adopting some of Ontario’s strategies, as they fare better in Wave 2, such as a code notification system. color allowing people to clearly and easily know the restrictions in force. effect.

“We all have our own pandemic, and as we know the issues we face are concentrated in certain areas and are different in different parts of the province, so our approach has always been to look at what’s going on here and adapt our approach, ”Henry insisted. “Many of our measures are the ones we put in place some time ago and which Ontario has now included in some of its colored boxes. It’s not like we can compare what we’re doing. we are doing what we need to do to manage what we do here in BC ”

The provincial health worker has faced strong criticism and even outright anger from various industries and sectors for implementing new rules and restrictions that are unclear or not communicated directly to parties stakeholders, with obscure rules between similar companies which are clarified a few days later. Experts have warned that this kind of confusion can undermine public health efforts.

CTV News pointed out that daily infections continue to grow despite the new restrictions put in place over a week ago, and while Henry has acknowledged that she is considering new measures, she has also defended the current set. restrictions, including a “social lockdown,” and stressed that it takes time to see results.

“We’re still in a place where we’re not surprised to see cases increasing, obviously we want to see that turn in the turns,” she said. “I speak with my colleagues on a daily basis about what is going on, the situation, things we need to think about to fix it and actions we can consider modifying or changing, so these are conversations we can continue to have. and we’ll have a better idea next week.


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