Dozens of rocks with colourful pictures and positive messages fill a South Surrey display, after Charley Pauliuk asked her friends to add their touch to the garden to mark her eleventh birthday. (Contributed file photo)

Dozens of rocks with colourful pictures and positive messages fill a South Surrey display, after Charley Pauliuk asked her friends to add their touch to the garden to mark her eleventh birthday. (Contributed file photo)

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in White Rock, Surrey and beyond

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Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond for Thursday, June 11:

• The spike in fatalities is part of a notable trend in the province as social-distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 has pushed drug users indoors.

• No new cases of COVID-19 or fatalities were reported at Langley Lodge and all previously active cases have recovered, the long-term care facility reported in a Wednesday, June 10 update.

• Greens and NDP MPs raised a series of concerns this week about the effectiveness and scope of a Trudeau government bill that would fine or jail people who make fraudulent coronavirus benefits claims

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• As sports organizations across the province prep return-to-play protocols – with some already approved to restart later this month – contact sports like football and rugby are dealing with an even bigger challenge: how to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines in sports where on-field distancing is impossible.

• British Columbia’s premier says the province and its top doctor have approved a proposal for the NHL to make Vancouver a possible playoff hub city in Western Canada during the pandemic.

• Cloverdale Chamber director wants City of Surrey to reconsider sky-high patio fees proposed for temporary program that’s meant to help business recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

• “The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a negative spotlight on bats, due to concerns over B.C. bats carrying the virus,” says BC Community Bat Program co-ordinator.



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