Worrisome numbers for the coronavirus crisis

May 21, 2020

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For men are shown wearing protective clothing and lowering a casket wrapped in clear plastic into a grave.

Cemetery workers place a coffin, containing the body of a 52-year old woman who died of the coronavirus disease, into a grave at the San Rafael cemetery, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, May 19, 2020.

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The weather’s getting nice, summer is around the corner and economies around the globe are starting to re-open after months of pandemic lockdown. All sounds pretty good, except for one thing: the COVID-19 numbers. They’re not good at all. And, in Canada, the western province of British Columbia was already battling a major health crisis when the coronavirus emerged: that of skyrocketing overdose deaths. Concerns mounted that these dueling emergencies, compounded, could fuel an even bigger problem. Also, a Dutch nursing home has constructed a glass cabin in their back garden so elderly residents can meet safely with friends and family, while separated by panes of glass.

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