B.C. urges Mother’s Day caution as it announces 2 COVID-19 deaths, 15 new cases

B.C.’s top doctor is pleading with the public to maintain physical distancing as the province celebrates Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made the comments Saturday, as she announced two new deaths and 15 new cases of COVID-19.

Henry said while B.C. has made significant progress fighting the virus, now is not the time to let up on key measures to stop its spread.

“Let’s show how much we care for [our mothers] by ensuring we are doing all we can do to ensure they are safe. Safe physical distance remains an important part of what we need to do right now in British Columbia to keep all of our mothers and our communities safe,” said Henry.

“This is a great weekend to spend time with her outdoors, keeping your safe distance.”

Henry said precautions are doubly important for anyone whose mother is older, has an upcoming surgery, or has an underlying illness.

B.C. has now recorded 129 COVID-19 deaths and confirmed 2,330 cases of the virus. More than 71 per cent of those patients have now recovered.

Earlier this week, B.C. announced its four-phase plan to reopen the economy, beginning after the May long weekend.

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However, while British Columbians will soon be able to slightly expand their social circles, officials are warning that precautions remain necessary, lest the province see new COVID-19 infections spike.

B.C. residents are being reminded to maintain two metres of physical distance in public, to avoid non-essential travel, to frequently wash their hands and to stay home if possible, particularly if at all sick.

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