British Columbia health officials on Tuesday recorded 840 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths.
Of the new cases, 265 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health area, 421 in the Fraser Health area, 39 in Island Health, 67 in Interior Health and 46 in Northern Health. Eighteen of the cases were linked to the ear.
The province has also reported 320 new cases involving worrying variants of COVID-19 for a total of 2,553. Of the total cases, 313 are active.
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The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in British Columbia is now 826. Just over a week ago, it was 600.
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The number of people hospitalized with the disease increased from 13 to 312. Of these, 78 people are in intensive care, a decrease from Monday.
The death toll from COVID-19 in the province remains at 1,455.
There are now just over 99,000 cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia since the start of the pandemic, of which 7,062 are active.
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At the same time last week, there were just over 5,400 active cases in the province.
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Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry has revoked indoor meals, group fitness classes and limited worship services, which had been granted last week, until April 19.
The province also closed the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort.
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Vancouver Coastal Health released data on Tuesday regarding an increase in COVID-19 cases in Whistler.
Health officials said they identified 218 new cases in Whistler from March 22 to 28. There have been 1,120 cases registered in the community since January 1.
Henry said on Monday that attempts to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the ski community were not working and that Whistler Blackcomb would be closed until April 19.
“We are starting to see cases on the rise again in this community and especially last week with the more worrying cluster of the P1 Brazil variant of concern,” Henry said.
“We have also seen a transmission of trips to and from other communities in BC from the Whistler area.
Henry also reported six deaths and 2,518 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday in a 72-hour period. That three-day total included 936 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, the highest single-day figure recorded in the province.
– With files from the Canadian Press
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