March 31st, 2020

B.C. government to release its estimates on the spread of COVID-19


By The Canadian Press on March 26, 2020.

Premier John Horgan listens to questions over the phone from media as he joins Minister Mike Farnsworth to provide government measures in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic during a press conference in the press gallery at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government is expected to release its modelling information on COVID-19 today.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says the report will be an indicator of how many people may become infected with the virus.

Dix says they’ll also reveal how the province has been preparing for what could be the worst-case scenario in comparison to outbreaks in China and Italy.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the next few days will tell if the rules around social distancing have helped to slow the spread of the virus.

She says self-isolation and social distancing are the best buffers and act like a firebreak or firewall.

There have been 14 deaths and 725 people have tested positive for the virus in B.C.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2020.

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