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COVID-19: Doctors push for lockdown, warn B.C. could become like Italy (SPH)

Visitors to St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC are screened before they enter the hospital Friday, March 20, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, health officials are stressing that social spacing is important to stop the spread of the virus (Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)

In a dire warning, physicians across the Lower Mainland are calling on the B.C. government to take more drastic measures, such as a lockdown, to stop the spread of the coronavirus and avoid a crisis like Italy.

In a letter Saturday to provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Gerald Da Roza, head of medicine at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, says B.C. is on the same trajectory as Italy.

Doctors near hospitals, like St. Paul’s in downtown Vancouver, are spotting restaurants still seating and serving customers inside, while allowing long lineups to linger outside.

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