Advocate warns of ‘catastrophic’ human cost without urgent coronavirus action for DTES

The streets of Vancouver have become eerily empty in recent days, as more and more people follow social and physical distancing directions.

But in the Downtown Eastside, the streets are as packed as ever — and advocates for the homeless and other vulnerable groups are worried.

“They are already vulnerable. Their immune system is beaten and battered, and often times they have a medical condition or a pre-existing health condition that’s very serious,” said Union Gospel Mission (UGM) spokesperson Jeremy Hunka.

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