Coronavirus update: 1st update case of the week from top BC health officials

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Coronavirus update: 1st update case of the week from top BC health officials


VANCOUVER – COVID-19 cases in British Columbia have risen higher than they were at the “worst time of wave two,” the premier said on Monday.
Health officials said 2,518 more people tested positive for the disease over the weekend. That includes 936 confirmed cases from Friday to Saturday, marking a new one-day record for the province.

Horgan called the latest numbers of the cases a “call for caution” and urged young people to follow all of British Columbia’s public health measures, including new restrictions that would come into effect at midnight. He said residents between the ages of 20 and 39 “put the rest of us in a tough spot.”

“I call on young people to reduce your social activity,” said the Prime Minister. “Don’t ruin this for the rest of us, don’t ruin this for your parents. ”

Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry said another 805 cases were identified from Saturday to Sunday, followed by 777 from Sunday to Monday.

That means the average number of cases per day over the past week is 803, the highest since November 27.

Broken down by health region, Vancouver Coastal Health recorded 142 new cases and Fraser Health recorded 1,280 new cases. For the domestic health region, there were 156 new cases, for Northern Health 121, then three cases among those who normally reside outside the province.

Henry also announced 329 other confirmed cases involving variants of concern, bringing the provincial total to 2,233.

This is one of the reasons the provincial health worker cited officials’ decision to introduce a series of new measures, including a temporary ban on indoor dining at restaurants, closing the station. Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort and stopping all group fitness classes.

Horgan, speaking on the need to follow COVID-19 restrictions, said, “We are not done yet” and “we have weeks and weeks to go and we need to redouble our efforts.”

Henry also announced that six more people had died, bringing the death toll in British Columbia since the start of the pandemic to 1,455.

There are currently 299 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 79 in intensive care.

With Monday’s case update, a total of 98,195 people have tested positive for the disease in British Columbia.

Almost 12 percent of the population has now received at least a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 611,803 people received a first dose and 87,289 received both a first and a second dose.

Correction:

Correction: During their briefing, officials announced that 774 new cases of COVID-19 had been identified from Sunday to Monday. They later confirmed that it was 777 cases.

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