In the last 28 days, British Columbia has reported half the number of new Covid-19 cases as Alberta. Yet during those four weeks, more people in BC have died from coronavirus than in AB.
Since March, new Covid-19 cases reported by British Columbia numbered slightly over half the new cases reported by Alberta. Yet, during the nine months, coronavirus deaths in BC number about 90% of those in AB.
I can think of two possible explanations. Either the coronavirus is more deadly in BC, or the province chooses to do far less coronavirus testing that the neighbouring province.
In the last 14 days, BC’s Covid-19 deaths per million population are higher in BC than in Alberta and almost double the rate in Ontario.
The international agency Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported on testing.
Crucially, quick suppression of infections requires testing more people to identify who is infected; tracking them to make sure they do not spread the disease further; and tracing with whom they have been in contact.Testing for COVID-19: A way to lift confinement restrictions
Who expected that a province saying it prioritizes public healthcare would be outperformed by a province that seeks to wreck it?