Figures released Friday appear to show the rate of spread of coronavirus has been slowed down in B.C.

But provincial health officials warn now is not the time to let up on social distancing and other suppression measures.

The average daily increase in COVID-19 cases has dropped to 12 per cent since physical-distancing rules kicked in, down from an average daily increase from 24 per cent.

The decrease is driven, provincial health authorities believe, by the effect of unprecedented measures such as closing schools and universities, opening restaurants only for take-out order and people keeping at least two metres away from anyone not in their household. The measures also include self-quarantining if people have arrived from abroad and self-isolating if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

In a new order Friday, the province announced that only food can be sold at farmers’ markets.

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said while the figures are encouraging, she can’t say for certain that suppression measures are working until they see what happens in the next critical two weeks.

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Gordon Hoekstra – Vancouver Cun – March 28, 2020.

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