Coronavirus in British Columbia: last case update of the week from health officials

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Coronavirus in British Columbia: last case update of the week from health officials


VANCOUVER – British Columbia health officials on Friday announced 908 more cases of COVID-19 in their last update of the week.
The last time the province added more than 900 coronavirus cases to its total in a single day was on November 27, when British Columbia saw 911 new cases. The 908 added on Friday marks the second highest total in a day since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials also announced three more deaths from COVID-19.

The update, which came in the form of a written statement from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix, also helped British Columbia pass the bar. of the 95,000 cases.

Since the start of the pandemic, the province has recorded a total of 95,677 COVID-19 infections and 1,449 related deaths.

There are currently 6,245 active cases in British Columbia, including 294 people hospitalized for the disease. Of those who are hospitalized, 81 are in intensive care units.

British Columbia’s active caseload is now the highest since January 7, and the seven-day moving average of new cases has reached 698, its highest level since December 7.

9,996 more people are being monitored by public health officials due to exposures to known cases of coronavirus.

In their statement, Henry and Dix called the current situation “a different stage in our COVID-19 pandemic” due to the availability of vaccines. That said, they called the growing workload in the province “of concern.”

“We are facing a sustained increase in clusters of new cases and outbreaks, including an increase in cases caused by variants of concern,” Dix and Henry said. “This is of particular concern in areas of the Lower Mainland. It forces all of us to continue to put our layers of security at the forefront of everything we do. ”

Among the cases added on Friday were 140 newly confirmed worrying variants. There have now been a total of 1,912 variant cases in British Columbia, including 1,666 cases of variant B.1.1.7 associated with the United Kingdom, 199 cases of variant P.1 associated with Brazil and 47 cases of variant B.1.351. associated with South Africa.

On the vaccine front, British Columbia has now administered a total of 637,856 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII vaccines. Of this total, 87,233 were second doses.

The first 550,623 doses administered correspond to approximately 10.7% of the population of British Columbia.

Henry and Dix said vaccines “increase protection for all of us,” but warned that easing some restrictions – such as outdoor gatherings and home visits – does not mean the threat of the virus is diminishing. .

“We were able to slowly turn the dial on some restrictions,” the pair said. “However, we all need to remember that some activities are safe for us, others just are not.

“Social relationships and sharing a meal or a hug are important to all of us, but we must be vigilant so that our need for these connections does not put us or those we care about”, said they declared.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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