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British Columbia saw one of North America’s earliest coronavirus outbreaks. It contained the spread so successfully that more than 50% of critical-care hospital beds are empty. Nevertheless, it’s warning that physical distancing restrictions could last years.
The western Canadian province said Friday that its number of Covid-19 cases, as well as hospitalizations, have peaked and started to decline. In its epidemiological models, B.C. health officials are ditching Italy and Wuhan as reference points because they no longer see a risk of an exponential surge in cases.
B.C. has about 14% of Canada’s population but just 5% of its confirmed virus cases. But in a reality check for those hoping that the pandemic could soon blow over, the province had a dismal message.
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