Andrew Weaver accuses B.C. NDP government of moving into "herd immunity mode" on COVID-19

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      A former close ally of Premier John Horgan has condemned his government's response to the pandemic.

      "I wish that the @CDCofBC and @bcndp government were forthright a few months ago saying that they were giving on preventing spread and moved into 'herd immunity' mode," tweeted former B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver on April 14.

      "The poor communication of public health intentions undermines confidence in our health leaders," Weaver added.

      He made the comments after testing positive for COVID-19 despite being "super vigilant" for two years and wearing an N95 mask.

      The former B.C. Green leader did not mention that herd immunity is impossible with the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron because people can be reinfected several times a  year.

      Weaver's message came in the midst of a chorus of anger over Twitter about the B.C. government's refusal to implement more aggressive measures to contain the spread of the disease, including reinstating a provincial mask mandate in schools and on ferries and public transit.

      There are provincial indoor mask mandates in place in Quebec and Prince Edward Island. Last week, Nova Scotia extended a mask mandate in schools and on school buses until the long weekend in May.

      In Ontario, there's still a mask mandate in place on public transit, unlike in B.C.

      And south of the border, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control extended mask mandates on planes and public transportation until May 3.

      Below, you can read a thread about wait times in the B.C. Children's Hospital emergency ward on Easter weekend.