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Canadian health experts pushing for lockdowns using #COVIDZero online while cases rise

Last Updated Nov 16, 2020 at 6:51 am EST

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, University of Washington research coordinator Rhoshni Prabhu holds up a swab after testing a passenger at a free COVID testing site in Seattle. Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every single state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Health experts are pushing for lockdowns while cases of COVID-19 across the country continue to add up — nearing 300,000.

As of Monday morning, Canada’s case count stood at 295,987.

Provinces, such as Ontario and Quebec, are reporting more than 1,000 new cases a day, and Alberta is getting close.

Now there’s a lot of talk about the “circuit breaker approach,” a two-week lockdown to get cases down.

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Infection disease expert at Toronto’s Sinai Health and University Health Network, Dr. Andrew Morris, and his colleagues, are pushing the hashtag #COVIDZero on social media.

The social media movement is a call to stamp out the virus — meaning longer and stricter restrictions.

Morris told the Globe and Mail that if you just do it for a few weeks, we’re going to have it rise again. He said it’s going to take weeks and weeks to drive the number of cases down dramatically — as close to zero as possible — but adds we won’t have to worry about further lockdowns.

Economists warn that full on lockdowns will add hundreds of billions of dollars in new government debt.

Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, is pleading with Canadians to not let their guard down in indoor settings as winter approaches.

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