British Columbia reports 22 deaths and 1,475 new cases of COVID-19 in past 3 days

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British Columbia health officials have confirmed 1,475 new cases of COVID-19 in the province in the past three days, as the provincial death toll from the virus reached 1,010.
Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix described the new cases at a press conference confirming 538 new cases between Friday and Saturday, 507 between Saturday and Sunday and 430 between Sunday and Monday.

Twenty-two other people have died from the virus.

There are currently 5,220 active cases of the virus in the province, with 358 people hospitalized, including 72 in intensive care.

Henry spent some time on Monday clarifying British Columbia’s decision to allow a 35-day period between the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, calling it “a scientific approach that takes into account the quantity limited vaccine we have in the province. . ”

Last week, two separate groups of doctors and nurses in British Columbia called on the province to reverse its decision to delay second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, arguing the decision was not scientific, dangerous and unethical.

But Henry said the decision was made with advice from the World Health Organization, BCCDC, the National Immunization Committee and international research groups, and that there was no evidence that a longer period between administration of a booster dose affects immunity.

“Our decision is to maximize distribution while balancing the supply […] make sure we have a safe and effective vaccination program, ”she said.

“We did not take this decision lightly. ”

As of Sunday, 59,902 people in British Columbia had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Interior Health has confirmed an outbreak in the Canim Lake Band community east of 100 Mile House. So far, 32 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to the First Nations Band, where, according to the 2016 census, 228 people live.

The Vancouver Canucks canceled training camp for the day after a player returned with a “false positive” COVID-19 test on Sunday.

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