B.C. public safety minister announcing update on COVID-19 enforcement

B.C. public safety minister announcing update on COVID-19 enforcement
File photo-Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth

As COVID-19 cases rise across B.C., the province’s Minister of Public Safety is set to announce stronger enforcement and compliance measures Friday.

CHEK News will be streaming the press conference on Facebook and YouTube live at 10 a.m. PST.

On Tuesday Minister Mike Farnworth said he would bring in new measures to address the behaviour of people whose actions “demonstrate their indifference to the health and safety of others.”

Premier John Horgan also said that unsafe parties and gathering are eroding the hard work those in the province have put in to help slow the spread.

Deputy provincial health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson said that the majority of the most recent cases are involving younger adults. There has also been a small increase in infections in older populations.

The updated measures will be under the Provincial State of Emergency, as part of the overall response to COVID-19.

On Thursday, B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll reached 200, as the province recorded 80 new cases. There was one new case in Island Health.

READ MORE: B.C. reports 80 new cases of COVID-19, 1 new case in Island Health

The latest case in Island Health is in the southern Vancouver Island region. Nine cases are active in the health authority.

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With files from The Canadian Press

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