London’s top doctor reflects on COVID-19 pandemic as region passes 500 death milestone – CBC

Top doctor Alex Summers says the world of 2019 is gone, but things will improve with time

Jan 18, 2023

As London passes the sombre milestone of 500 COVID-19 related deaths, the city’s top doctor is reflecting on lessons learned over almost three years of COVID-19 in the region.

London’s first case of COVID-19 was reported on Jan. 31, 2022 when a Western University student tested positive for the virus. It wasn’t until Mar. 20, 2020 that a state of emergency was declared.

Since then, there have been a total of 513 COVID-related deaths in the London region.

“[This milestone] provides an opportunity for us to to mourn those who have died from COVID. It’s a reminder that COVID is certainly here, it’s here to stay and that we will have to really find a new normal,” said Dr. Alex Summers, who officially became Medical Officer of Health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit on Mar. 9, 2022 after having held the title on an interim basis for four months prior.

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