B.C. nurses raise concerns over ‘insufficient and slow’ government response to coronavirus

More than 100 nurses across B.C. have sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan asking for more help on the front lines to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The open letter, dated Monday, says nurses are joining doctors at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster in their criticism of the provincial and federal government for their “insufficient and slow response” to the pandemic.

“The measures taken so far have been welcome, but they are not sufficient. In the last week alone between Monday and Friday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in British Columbia tripled,” the letter reads.

“On Monday, March 16, there were 103 cases. By Friday, that had risen to 348. This means that if they continue to grow at the same rate, there could be 9,000 in B.C. by April 1, 28,000 by April 8, (and) 84,000 by April 15.”

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