Hospitals across Canada face COVID-19 'storm'
2020-03-26 from cbc.ca
To slow the spread of COVID-19, provinces have closed schools, urged people to stay home and shut businesses to varying degrees — responses that differ with the degree of community spread in each place.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization's director general, said Wednesday that staying home buys time and reduces pressure on health systems.
"Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace are not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions — they're also the best way to prevent them," he said.
But the WHO doesn't give specific recommendations on what businesses are essential, and because public health is a provincial responsibility, "essential" means different things in different parts of the country.
For example, Prince Edward Island originally ordered government-run liquor stores to close as part of social distancing efforts, while they remained open in Ontario. (And P.E.I. changed its decision on Wednesday.)
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