New coronavirus cases in British Columbia reach 50 ahead of long weekend

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British Columbia reported a worrying spike in new coronavirus cases on Friday, as the province braces for British Columbia’s daytime long weekend.The province has confirmed 50 new cases of the virus, as well as one new death at the Holy Family Hospital long-term care home in Vancouver. Five of the cases are linked to the ear.

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Twenty-four of the new cases are in Fraser Health Region, 12 in Coastal Vancouver Health Region, nine in Interior Health Region, two in Northern Health Region, one on Vancouver Island and two are people from outside the country.

This is the second time in as many weeks that the number of new cases has exceeded 50, as the daily average has hovered around 30 in the weeks since British Columbia entered Phase 3 of its plan to reopen .

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Much of the growth in new cases in recent weeks is linked to an ongoing outbreak in Kelowna – linked to private parties over the Canada Day long weekend – and an outbreak at a packaging plant of Fraser Valley fruit.










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Many of the new cases also involved younger people, between 20 and 40 years old.

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Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix pleaded with British Columbians on Thursday to play it safe over the coming long weekend by keeping rallies small. size and reducing contact with people outside their home bubble.










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On Friday, the province released a website called “Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Good Times Guide, “aims to help people recreate safely during the pandemic.

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The province also put in place new restrictions on vacation rental properties earlier this week to reduce the risk of transmission.

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The province also announced a new health care outbreak on Friday, at Dania Home in the Fraser Health area.

British Columbia has now reported 3,641 cases of COVID-19, while 3,138 patients (about 88%) have recovered.

Five people remained in hospital on Friday, including two in intensive care, and 278 cases are still active.

The death toll from COVID-19 in British Columbia is 195.

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