Globe editorial: Four things Canada needs to keep the economy open, and the virus contained

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Four things Canada needs to keep the economy open, and the virus contained

This translation has been automatically generated and has not been verified for accuracy.As of Thursday, nearly 8,500 Canadians had died from COVID-19, and more than 102,000 had contracted it. Thankfully, the number of new cases and deaths has steadily declined, and is now low. But the nationwide shutdown that flattened the curve has been exceptionally costly. The medicine’s side effects have been devastating.

As we near the end of the first round against the pandemic, Canada must give itself those precision tools. This week, Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer, released some new modelling. “As we have relaxed distancing measures,” reads one of her slides, “strong contact tracing in B.C. has provided a buffer against renewed growth of cases.”

If Canadian public-health authorities can quickly track down every contact of an infected person, as happens in successful countries such as South Korea, then more economic shutdown measures can be eased. But to the extent that contact tracing is slow or incomplete, more physical distancing, and more restrictions on normal life, will likely be needed to prevent new outbreaks.Can you name Canada’s first prime minister? A quarter of Canadians can’t.

Source: Financial Digest (financialdigest.net)

 

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