VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Friday’s new COVID case count was one of the highest since pandemic began in British Columbia Vancouver Infectious Diseases Center doctor says increase in cases is enough for people to rethink what they are doing and what they can do to help stop the spread of the virus.
As of Friday, 908 new cases were recorded, nearly half of which were in the Fraser Health Region. Fifteen percent of the new cases were variants of concern.
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Dr Brian Conway says these numbers are very concerning and he thinks infections are on the rise because people are tired of following the rules and restrictions.
“We have to intervene, we have to do something different,” he says.
“Ironically, I think loosening restrictions selectively can help us. We know a lot more now than we did a year ago. We know which behaviors are completely safe. And by using that as an opportunity to safely remove some of the restrictions, we can give people more options of things that are safe, than they are allowed to do, and that can help us enforce better. – higher compliance – regulations that prevent us from doing things that are particularly dangerous for transmitting the virus. ”
Conway says the recent increase in cases is caused by people who are tired and letting their guard down when it comes to prevention. And with the variants circulating, he says their behavior becomes “all the more risky.”
Conway adds that he hopes the new vaccines arriving next week will be used in hot spots of infection.