Vancouver – At the end of a critical week that broke many records for COVID-19 infections and deaths in BC, the province now has twice as many active cases per capita than Ontario.
The federal government makes daily, rolling average and active case calculations available In infographic, And vice versa: While the Prairie Provinces and Nunavut are battling per capita increasing infections, BC is catching up more slowly than the two most populous provinces in Canada.
As of Friday, there were 189 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 in BC, 135 in Quebec and only 88 in Ontario. Alberta (321), Saskatchewan (268), Nunavut (387), and Manitoba (646) were the most active per capita infections.
CTV News asked Provincial Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry if he wanted to adopt some of Ontario’s tactics, because it was better in the second wave. Color-coded notification system It makes it easier and easier for people to know what restrictions are in place.
“We all have our own pandemic, and the problems we deal with are concentrated in certain areas and are different in different parts of the province, so our policy is always to see what’s happening here and tailor our approach,” Henry insisted. “Our measurements were added to some of Ontario’s color zones a long time ago. It’s not like comparing what we’re doing.
The regional health officer has faced severe criticism and outrage from various industries And sectors To enforce new rules and restrictions that do not explicitly or directly communicate to shareholders, with dirty rules between similar businesses Clarified days later. Experts warn that a kind of confusion will weaken public health efforts.
CTV News a week ago said that despite the new sanctions, daily infections continue to rise, and although Henry acknowledged that he was considering new measures, she also defended the current set of restrictions, including a “social lockdown” and suggested that it would take time to see results.
“We shouldn’t be surprised to see cases increase yet, apparently we want to bend that corner,” she said. “I can see what is going on with my co-workers, what the situation is, what things we need to think about in terms of resolving them and what actions we can take to modify or change them, so they can continue the conversations we can have and we will have a better idea next week. ”