Coronavirus in British Columbia: 737 new COVID-19 cases added, biggest increase in one day since January

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Coronavirus in British Columbia: 737 new COVID-19 cases added, biggest increase in one day since January


VANCOUVER – In their last update of the week, health officials in British Columbia announced the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 seen in the province in a single day since January.
British Columbia added 737 new cases to its total on Friday, the highest number since January 7. There are now 90,786 cases of COVID-19 in the province since the start of the pandemic.

Provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix also announced two more deaths from the disease in their written statement on Friday.

A total of 1,421 people have died from COVID-19 in British Columbia

Currently, 5,207 cases are active. Of this number, 292 people are hospitalized, including 85 in intensive care.

There are 9,412 people under active public health surveillance due to exposure to known cases of COVID-19.

Sixty-eight of the new cases announced on Friday are worrying variants. There have now been a total of 1,200 variant cases in British Columbia, the vast majority of which is variant B.1.1.7 associated with the UK.

Of the variant cases in British Columbia, 149 are active. The rest of those who contracted a variant coronavirus in the province have recovered.

As the number of cases in British Columbia deteriorated, the rollout of vaccines in the province accelerated.

Henry and Dix said 490,022 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have now been administered. This total includes 87,139 second doses.

The 402,883 residents who received at least one dose of the vaccine represent approximately 7.8% of the population of British Columbia.

The province’s top health officials announced Thursday that British Columbia will soon vaccinate more frontline workers using the AstraZeneca vaccine. This program will run alongside the age-based vaccination program, which will be open to people aged 79 and over on Saturday.

“For those who have worked throughout the pandemic, supporting so many others, know that your efforts are recognized and valued,” Dix and Henry said in their written statement. “Everyone is important and everyone will have their turn. ”

Since Thursday’s announcement, some groups not included in the frontline immunization program have expressed dissatisfaction with decisions by health officials about who should be vaccinated first.

Henry and Dix addressed their selection criteria in Friday’s statement and also suggested that more industries and worker groups be added to the list over time.

“The selection of frontline workers for the second part of this program is based on the known risk of transmission, as well as the nature and size of the work environment,” said the two partners. to be able to expand to even more people on our front lines.

However, increasing immunization rates will not immediately erase the need to physically distance yourself, wash your hands and wear a mask, and Dix and Henry reminded workers and employers to continue to follow plans. safety against COVID-19, even if they have been vaccinated.

“We are working with all the supply we have to maximize our protection and we are using every last drop,” health officials said. “We also need to focus on the individual actions that we need more than ever to keep each other going. and our families and communities are safe.

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