5 additional deaths from COVID-19 in British Columbia, 45 new confirmed cases


Five other people in British Columbia died from COVID-19, health officials said Wednesday, bringing the total number of victims of the new coronavirus to 48 in the province.

Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced the new deaths during their daily briefing on the virus. They also announced 45 new positive virus cases for the test, bringing the province’s total to 1,336 confirmed cases.

Most of the deaths continue to occur in long-term care and assisted living facilities, said Henry, noting that two of the five deaths had occurred in a nursing home where no deaths had been recorded before.

A total of 135 people in British Columbia are hospitalized with COVID-19, and 61 are in intensive care. These two numbers represent slight decreases from the totals posted on Tuesday.

The decline in hospitalizations continues a trend that has continued for much of this week, but Henry and Dix reiterated the need to continue the measures the province has taken to limit the spread of the virus, particularly in the run-up to a long weekend.

“We have to stay home this weekend,” said Henry. “Now is not the time to take unnecessary trips. Now is not the time to travel to some of our smaller or more remote communities. “

Watch a US sign language translation of the press conference on the provincial government’s YouTube page.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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