Coronavirus: B.C. health officials provide update on latest COVID-19 modelling data | FULL

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British Columbia's Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provided an update on the spread of COVID-19 in the province on Thursday and presented the latest projection modelling data.

The data showed that new cases of the virus are projected to rise at a rate of over 150 a day if contacts remain at about 70 per cent of normal. If contacts go up to 80 per cent, new cases of the virus could go up even higher.

“Our model illustrates the importance of reducing transmission in order to ensure epidemic control,” read the presentation from public health.

“Transmission is reduced by having fewer infectious contacts, through means such as physical distancing and masking when appropriate.”

The province reported one new death and 89 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
The number of active cases in the province also edged upward to 1,175, said Henry during the briefing.

The fatality reported Thursday was at Burnaby's New Vista long-term care home, bringing B.C.'s death toll to 210.

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