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'Don't do it': Warning from B.C. health minister ahead of long weekend

Last Updated Feb 12, 2021 at 8:46 pm PST

FILE - Health Minister Adrian Dix. (Courtesy B.C. Government, Flickr)

There are now 29 cases of the U.K. variant, 17 of the South African variant, one new case under investigation

'Don't do it,' Adrian Dix says to those thinking of gathering with loved ones outside their households

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Transmission of COVID-19 in long-term care homes is dropping but the same needs to happen in the community.

B.C. Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry hopes that little piece of good news will help stress to anyone looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Family Day and the Lunar New Year to just stay home and follow the rules.

“This weekend, we need to pay particular attention to ensure that the progress we have made is not wasted. I think Mother Nature is going to be on our side … it’s going to be a challenging weekend for many people, to travel,” she added.

Over the last 24 hours, B.C. recorded 445 new cases and 10 more deaths.

There are a total of 4,317 active cases in the province, with 226 people in the hospital.

Health Minister Adrian Dix had a blunt message to anyone thinking about gathering to celebrate with loved ones outside their household this weekend.

“Don’t do it. This is not the time,” he said.

“This is a particularly important time for COVID-19. And if you’re thinking of something that you’re concerned is past the line, there’s a really simple answer to it: Don’t do it. Don’t do it this weekend, don’t do it right now. And that message should go to everybody,” he added.

As for the numbers in B.C., Henry says they are trending in the right direction, but “we need to ensure our success sticks.”

“This means staying the course with our layers of protection and continuing to follow all of our public health restrictions or guidance,” she added.

There are also 29 cases of the U.K. variant in B.C., 17 of the South African variant, and one new case of a strain linked to Nigeria, which is being investigated by public health.