Provincial Health Officer Cautions #GeorgeFloyd Protesters In Downtown Vancouver On Spread Of #COVID19

UPDATE: The provincial health officer warned people again about the dangers of large gatherings after more than 1,000 people protested against racism and police brutality Sunday at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
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B.C. recorded one COVID-19 death and 24 new cases over past two days, while the provincial health officer warned people again about the dangers of large gatherings after more than 1,000 people protested against racism and police brutality Sunday at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said to be careful as large crowds increase the chances of catching COVID-19.

She told people who went to yesterday’s demonstration — called in solidarity with protests that have spread across the U.S. in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis — to watch their health closely for the next two weeks, and to get tested if they have symptoms.

“Hate has no place in our province and we have said that many times through this pandemic,” she said.

However, “We must be careful in how we exercise our right to peaceful demonstration. I saw many people wearing masks and keeping their safe distances yesterday. And for that, I thank you. And I encourage anyone who may be demonstrating to also, please, continue to keep that safe distance, to recognize the importance of making sure that we are not allowing this virus a chance to spread.”

Henry added the virus continues to spread, even outside, whether chanting, yelling or talking closely.

Source: BT_Vancouver, post

 

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