British Columbia reports 12 deaths, 834 new cases of COVID-19

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BC’s top doctor has begged people to buckle up and stay on COVID-19 restrictions a little longer, as the possibility of a vaccine draws closer.

Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry pleaded as the province reported 834 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, along with a dozen new deaths.

This marked the ninth day in a row the province has seen double-digit coronavirus deaths.

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The UK became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

Henry said British Columbia would be ready to pass it on to high-risk groups as soon as shooting is allowed in Canada – possibly in a few weeks.

“I ask you all to keep going and do a little more, to do our part to slow the spread in our communities, in our families, in our loved ones, in our workplace, until the vaccines are available. for all of us. Henry said.

“Most importantly, to protect those who are most at risk, especially our seniors and seniors.

In particular, she urged people to avoid any social gathering with people outside their homes.

Most of the new cases were in the Fraser Health Region (529) and the Vancouver Coast Health Region (174).

There have been 66 cases in the Interior Health Region, 45 in the Northern Health Region and 20 on Vancouver Island.

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There were 337 people in hospital and 79 people in critical or intensive care on Wednesday, two new records.

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Henry again advocated for people to avoid all non-essential travel, noting that an indoor hockey team had traveled to Alberta, to come back with COVID – now linked to dozens of cases.

“Making an exception for yourself or your team or your recreational needs is putting a crack in our wall, and we see this virus can exploit it very easily,” Henry said.

“It’s preventable.”

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Update of sports restrictions

New directions for the sport will be released next week, Henry said.

The detailed, written version of Henry’s November ordinance restricting sports and events is also expected to be released later Wednesday.

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Henry said high-intensity group fitness activities, such as spin classes and hot yoga, will remain banned indefinitely.

Low-intensity group activities will remain on hiatus until new guidelines are released.

And adult indoor team sports will see new restrictions.

“What we’re going to focus on are structured programs or sport for children and youth, recognizing how important they are to our youth,” said Henry.

“We are working with viaSport to bring them down to level two of the viaSport restart tips we had in the past.”


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Henry also wouldn’t rule out extending his ban on all public events, which currently remains in effect until December 7.

“These are not decisions we take lightly… we are examining our options.”

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There have been two new community outbreaks in the Fraser Health area, one at the Cove Refuge in Surrey and one at the Millennium Pacific Greenhouses in Delta.

Healthcare homes have also been declared at Royal City Manor, Saanich Peninsula Hospital and West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni.

Active cases also set a new record at 8,941, while an additional 10,201 people self-isolate due to possible exposure.

About 67% of British Columbia’s 34,728 cases have recovered.


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