British Columbia announces 1,475 new coronavirus cases, 217 in IH region – BC News

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The government of British Columbia has announced 1,475 new cases of COVID-19, including 217 in the interior health region, in the past 72 hours.

The new cases bring the province’s total to 58,107, although the vast majority have already recovered. There are 5,220 active cases in British Columbia, a number that has been steadily declining in recent weeks.

The cases were confirmed over the long weekend as follows:

  • January 8/9 – 538 cases
  • January 9/10 – 507 cases
  • January 10/11 – 430 cases

Across the province, 358 people are hospitalized with the virus, including 72 in intensive care.

There were 22 more coronavirus deaths reported on Monday, bringing British Columbia’s toll to 1010. Two of the deaths reported on Monday were inside British Columbia.

To date, 59,902 doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been distributed, the majority being the Pfizer vaccine, as the Moderna version of the vaccine is being sent to smaller population centers that do not have the capacity to treat Pfizer, which must be stored at – 80 C.

Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said British Columbia will deplete all stocks of Pfizer vaccine by Monday, with more expected to arrive “in the next few days.”

An additional shipment of the Moderna vaccine is also expected this week.

With the supply of available vaccines so low at the moment, the province is focusing on vulnerable populations like residents and nursing home workers by the end of March.

“We don’t have enough supply between now and the end of March to get this community immunity that protects us all, so the approach we are taking, as with other provinces across the country, is to best protect as many people at risk as possible.

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