Monday August 10, 2020 ~ BC
by Mary Brooke, B.Sc. – West Shore Voice News
There are two essential elements to addressing the pandemic effectively, says the World Health Organization (WHO) today:
“Leaders must step up to take action and citizens need to embrace new measures,” said WHO Director General Dr Tedros.
Dr Tedros explains the profile of what has been done in BC successfully to date: “Chains of transmission have been broken by combination of rapid case identification, comprehensive contact tracing, adequate clinical care for patients, physical distancing, mask wearing, regular cleaning of hands and coughing away from others.”
His further recommendation, globally: “Whether countries or regions have successfully eliminated the virus, suppressed transmission to a low level, or are still in the midst of a major outbreak; now is the time to do it all, invest in the basics of public health and we can save both lives and livelihoods.”
“In the countries that have done this successfully, they are using a risk based approach to reopen segments of societies, including schools. And as they do so, they must remain vigilant for potential clusters of the virus,” said Dr Tedros.
Global COVID count:
As of August 10 the number of COVID-19 cases globally is reported by WHO as 19,718,030 (up by 253,409 in 24 hours). There have been 728,013 COVID deaths to date during the pandemic (5,719 new in the last day).
Canadian case count:
At August 10, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reports 119,451 cases of COVID-19 to date during the pandemic, with 8,981 deaths.
BC case count:
At August 10, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC) reports 4,065 cases of COVID-19 to date during the pandemic (141 new in the last three days, or 44 per day), with 195 deaths (no new deaths for 10 days).