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Don t give up : Officials make urgent plea as modelling paints troubling picture for B.C.

Don t give up : Officials make urgent plea as modelling paints troubling picture for B.C.
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VANCOUVER -- Once a national role model in the fight against COVID-19, British Columbia now faces the possibility of an alarming and sustained surge in cases.

New modelling released by public health officials on Thursday suggests the province s daily increases in cases could soon surpass the numbers seen at the height of the crisis back in March and April.

The current trajectory indicates that could happen by September, though provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry stressed there s still time to turn the tide if people improve their behaviour.

"That is concerning but it s not a predictive model it doesn t tell us what s going to happen, it tells us what can happen," she said. "Right now, we have it within our capability to make the changes that we need to bend that curve back down."

The daily case numbers have taken a sharp increase in recent days, with B.C. adding 85 cases on Wednesday and 78 on Thursday. B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix urged people not to be discouraged, and even more importantly, to do their absolute best to diligently follow the advice officials have been hammering for weeks.

"Don t give up. Do not lose faith, do not lose hope," Dix said. "Your participation and your leadership have never been more important. We have responsibilities in public health but it is you who are making all the difference. We re counting on you."
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