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LETTER: Keep borders closed

Cars wait in line at the COVID-19 checkpoint shortly after it was set up at the Confederation Bridge in Borden-Carleton earlier this week. All visitors to P.E.I. who are not considered essential workers are being stopped and screened for symptoms as they arrive in the province. Dr. Heather Morrison, chief public health officer for P.E.I., reminded Islanders Friday that anyone travelling across the Confederation Bridge should be doing so only out of necessity. She said examples of necessary travel include medical appointments, compassionate travel and truckers and other travellers carrying goods and services to P.E.I. For more from Morrison's briefing Friday, see A3.
Cars wait in line at the COVID-19 checkpoint shortly after it was set up at the Confederation Bridge in Borden-Carleton in March. - SaltWire file

Every shred of scientifically supported evidence indicates that opening borders and pushing for rapid economic recovery leads to significant increases in cases of COVID-19.

New Zealand, one of very few countries highly successful in their effort to stop the spread of the pandemic, still has largely impermeable borders. That tactic has allowed them to return to a semblance of normalcy.

It’s not the bustling cross-border trade economy businesses want, but one consequence has been the development of more self sustaining localized trade — precisely what environmental scientists have been encouraging for at least a decade.

P.E.I. has been incredibly fortunate thus far. You’d think we would be loath to push our luck.


Colm Magner,
Victoria

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