COVID-19: Faith leaders promise no traditional gatherings over spring celebrations

Henrietta Strickland
April 8, 2020

Two COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at a federal correction facility in Mission.

Four more people have died from coronavirus in BC, and 25 new cases have been identified in the province, health officials said on Tuesday.

There were no new cases announced in the Interior Health, Island Health and Northern Health regions Tuesday at the daily provincial update with provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix in Victoria.

There are 140 people in hospital with 72 in ICU.

Dix said there was some evidence B.C.'s COVID-19 strategy was working and called for renewed efforts.

There were 29 confirmed new cases on Saturday, followed by 26 on Sunday and 37 on Monday - much lower than Thursday's one-day total of 55 new cases. Of those cases, 11 people required treatment in hospital.

"B.C.'s faith leaders have taken the challenge of maintaining physical distance to heart and are using these holidays as an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to showing kindness and care for our communities".

Overall, Canada had 16,666 reported COVID-19 cases on Monday, with just over 3,600 cases listed as resolved. In the last couple of weeks, numbers of new cases have been higher in a 24-hour period than in the last 48-hour period.

Henry underlined the importance of staying at home - and avoid non-essential travel, including to holiday homes.

Henry also encourages everyone to be kind to people who have to continue to work during the pandemic, such as those working in grocery stores, pharmacies, and in health care.

There has been a second outbreak at a B.C. prison, Henry said.

"We have made very significant steps to prepare for the worst", Dix said, adding that two large shipments of personal protective equipment had arrived in the past three days and were being tested. "I really am imploring people, this is not our time to do that right now".

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