When it comes to its current handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, BC is “not doing well right now,” according to an American epidemiologist and health economist.
On Twitter, Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding said that while the province handled things well last year, the same can’t be said for how things are going right now. He also noted that BC’s “R rate” – the transmission ability of the virus – currently sits at 1.54.
He also said the province has the highest number of new cases per capita.
Dear friends in British Columbia🇨🇦—you are a beautiful place & I’ve had family live/study there. You handled pandemic well last year. But BC is not doing well right now—it has the highest R currently in 🇨🇦—1.54 (figure from @DFisman) & the highest new cases per capita. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/1Ku6IqRXEY
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 25, 2021
Feigl-Ding tweeted the figures as a follow-up to an earlier tweet of his, in which he referred to BC as the “Florida of Canada.”
The reference set off a nation-wide reaction, as people weighed in on whether the label was fair, or if it in fact belonged to another province.
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BC health officials said on Thursday that 395 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the province, bringing the provincially recorded total to 78,673.