Manitoba's 'amazing' new pandemic restrictions will take time to show effect: Dr. Theresa Tam
2020-11-20 from cbc.ca
Restrictions like the sweeping new set of pandemic control measures that took effect in Manitoba on Friday are a step in the right direction, says Canada's chief public health officer, but it will take some time before it's clear how effective they've been.
Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday she's optimistic that rules like Manitoba's recent ban on almost all gatherings between households will help slow the spread of COVID-19.
"We've seen some increase in measures, and I mention Manitoba just because they did just put in some amazing more-restricted measures," Tam said at a news conference.
"Of course, that takes a little bit of time for us to see whether it has an impact.
"And I expect that it will, because if you looked at European countries, we know how this virus is spread: through interactions. Once you start limiting them, I expect we will see some of those curves beginning to bend."
The province's newest rules also include only allowing stores to sell items deemed essential to those shopping in person, though non-essential items are still available for delivery or curbside pickup.
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