British Columbia registers 589 shocking new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours


British Columbia once again broke the record for the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in one day, with 589 new cases on Friday.In a written statement, provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry also confirmed two new deaths, bringing the British Columbia total to 275.

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Amid the surge in new cases, officials announced a last-minute COVID-19 briefing, to be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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The majority of cases were in Fraser Health Region (402) and Coastal Vancouver Health Region (146).

Twenty-four were in the Interior Health Region, 12 in the Northern Health Region and five in Vancouver Island.

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The number of hospital patients jumped from seven to 104 – the highest since April 21. Twenty-eight of these patients were in intensive or intensive care.

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Active cases, at 3,741, and the number of people self-isolating due to possible exposure, at 7,887, also set new records.

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There has been a new outbreak in the community at a construction site at Royal Inland Hospital.

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The province has also reported new health care outbreaks at six facilities: Suncreek Village, Fort Langley Seniors Community, Northcrest Care Center, Fellburn Care Center PATH Unit, Ridge Meadows Hospital and Langley Memorial Hospital.

Amid the increase in cases, Henry urged companies to review their COVID-19 security plans.

“Keeping businesses open is important to all of us and we can all have confidence in the knowledge that the vast majority of businesses are doing all they can to keep their employees and customers safe across the province,” said the Minister. communicated.

“In the face of growing storm clouds of increased exposures and transmission in a particular area, we are stepping up inspections to identify gaps and, at times, increase the necessary safety measures.

“It is only if it is clearly demonstrated that a business or industry is not able to operate safely that businesses should close. “

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Officials also announced a new SMS service for the COVID-19 test, allowing people to sign up for a text with positive or negative results.

Seventy-six percent of the province’s 17,149 cases have recovered.

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