No COVID-19 Cases In B.C. Linked To Black Lives Matter Protests, Says Dr. Bonnie Henry

Melanie Woods
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There have been no new COVID-19 cases linked to recent large Black Lives Matter protests in British Columbia, says the province’s top doctor.

In a news conference Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry said there was no spike in cases following the demonstrations, contrary to many predictions..

“Currently we do not have any cases that have been associated with the protests,” Henry said.

Early June saw a slew of protests and demonstrations around the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Vancouver, around 6,000 people participated in an anti-racism Juneteenth march on June 19. But more than two weeks later, no cases have been reported linked to the event.

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Henry said there’s a number of reasons for the lack of B.C. cases, including the fact that the protests took place outside and people were diligent about wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

And B.C’s not alone. Henry said her colleagues in the U.S. have also not seen a surge of cases linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The protests stand in sharp contrast with the large “super spreader” outdoor parties happening in the United States. Viral images of thousands of party-goers tightly packed on patios and beaches over the July 4 long weekend have drawn online outrage.

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While other countries have flattened the COVID-19 infection curve, the U.S. has seen a steady increase in cases in recent weeks in states such as Florida and Texas. Many new cases have been attributed to states reopening and people going out to parties and bars.

Henry said she and her U.S. colleagues were surprised by the lack of cases linked to the protests. Comparing the environments of these parties and the protests can help...

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