UBC professor cautions a possible return to lockdown amid growing new cases of COVID

Return to lockdown?

The largest increase in new cases since early May has a UBC expert saying there is a possibility that BC could return to lockdown condition. 

If COVID-19 numbers continue to grow, the province may have to consider the next actions.

"I'm not losing sleep at this point over the increase in cases right now but it’s something that I think needs to be watched very carefully," Dan Coombs told CTV News Vancouver.

Coombs is a mathematics professor who studies epidemiology modelling. He added that it’s not clear why BC is seeing the growth in case numbers. 

"We have to recognize that we’re in a very delicate position," he said.

Coombs stated that Vancouver and Melbourne were seen to have similar experiences. Melbourne is facing a second lockdown, and entering back into stay-at-home orders. The decision came on July 8 after the state of Victoria recorded 191 new cases in a few days.

While he doesn’t think BC is definitively set to return to lockdown, Coombs points out that there is a possibility if numbers greatly increase.

The next update will share a three day report from the provincial health officer and is expected Tuesday.

-with files from CTV News

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