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10 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in B.C., as virus count spikes across the globe

Dr. Bonnie Henry June 9.
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June 09, 2020 - 3:48 PM

B.C.’s top doctor offered a global view of the fight against COVID-19, cautioning that it doesn’t take long for a problem in one country to spill across geographic and political borders.

“It is still a major problem,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said today, June 9. “It’s going to be in our communities around the world for some time now. The global case count continues to rise and many regions are facing a resurgence in cases as they've taken measures to open up, including regions that are very close to us in the United States.”

Just yesterday, she said, was the highest single day for new cases globally. Since this pandemic started, more than 136,000 people have been affected and Dr. Henry said there are new regions being affected.

“We are all connected,” she said. “We know, from several months ago, that it matters to us when something like this happens in China, it matters to us when something happens in Italy or in Spain. It matters to us when it happens in the United States and here in Canada. And now, we're looking at the challenges that are being faced by countries such as India and Brazil.”

This morning she was on a call with her colleagues around the world and they were looking at managing these new cases and how they can all support each other.

They’re looking at how they can become more efficient and more effective with case management and contact tracing, particularly as international flights are increasing and U.S. border restrictions start to be eased.

In the meantime, B.C.’s new aim should be to “minimize, manage and modify” actions to ensure the pandemic is kept in check, she said.

“Given the situation that we're facing here in B.C., what all of us can do today and everyday, is to continue to assess our own risks, our risk to our family, our risk in our small communities,” Dr. Henry said.

“If we have people who are more vulnerable to getting severe disease — particularly if we have loved ones who are in settings like care homes — we need to take precautions to protect ourselves and those around us…no matter where you are, we need to continue to follow our rules for safe social interactions.”

The distancing measures we’ve put in place, she said, do work and if we keep them up they should help keep the virus in check. Contact tracing, she added, is also a key tool.

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