British Columbia health officials say they understand the frustration directed at people who defy COVID-19 restrictions, but urged residents to continue following the guidelines to prevent infection.
B.C. reported 617 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 18 more deaths, bringing the provincial toll to 988.
Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry say in a joint statement they know it can be frustrating to hear of people not following the guidelines, such as those travelling for non-essential reasons.
All #Covid19 public health orders and restrictions in BC have been extended until Feb 5, 2020 — two incubation periods. Public health is our top priority — and by doing our part & following PHO orders & guidelines, we can all help keep our hospitals, schools, & communities safe. pic.twitter.com/jAcmP1VdEm— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) January 9, 2021
But they say those who are making the effort to stick to the rules are saving lives.
They strongly recommended everyone limit their travel between communities and out of the province unless necessary a day after Henry extended restrictions on all gatherings and events until Feb. 5.
The province also reported that 46,259 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine.