‘No indication … we need to change,’ says B.C. as signs of a third wave increase


It’s hard to think of a more concerning 48 hours in B.C.’s attempts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of 2021. 

On Sunday, the province announced that there had been a number of positive cases of faster-spreading variants in seven schools in Surrey and Delta. 

Then on Monday, Fraser Health Authority announced that asymptomatic people have been tested for the virus, after months of saying that wasn’t necessary. 

A couple hours later, the province announced — 90 minutes later than scheduled — that daily cases had continued to rise over the weekend compared to the previous week, to the point where the number of active cases and the rolling average of new cases are at their highest point in a month. 

In other words, there’s a lot to be anxious about. 

Unless, it seems, you’re the provincial government. 

“There is no indication right now that in British Columbia we need to change our approach,” said Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Reka Gustafson on Monday. 

Now, what the government is confidently saying publicly, and what they’re debating privately, can often be two different things. Testing done so far indicates the variant has not spread widely in the affected schools…

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