Interior health region of British Columbia on the verge of reaching 10,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic

Interior health region of British Columbia on the verge of reaching 10,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic

When the number of cases increases rapidly in British Columbia, it seems surreal to think that after the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the Interior Health Authority (IHA) was only reporting a few cases per day.

On April 16, 2020, three cases of the virus were reported in an area that includes a population of approximately 750,000, according to the BC Center for Disease Control (BC CDC).

But on April 16, 2021, 110 people tested positive for IHA, according to the BC CDC – one of the highest numbers of cases in a single day.

On Saturday morning, the region will reach a dark point: 10,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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As of Friday, the provincial daily total of virus cases was 1,005.

The government of British Columbia is now so concerned about the constant spread of COVID-19 despite public health orders that it is now warning against gatherings outside.

“Even though we are on the outside, we have to stay small and continue to use our protective layers. This means keeping a safe distance and wearing masks, especially if someone is at a higher risk of serious illness, ”said the joint statement by Dr Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix.

There are 10,081 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 15,877 people under public health surveillance in self-isolation, they said.

In addition to the large number of cases, hospitalized patients infected with the virus continue to set records.

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According to the province, 425 people are living with COVID-19 in hospitals in British Columbia and 127 of them are in intensive care.

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In the IHA, as of April 15, there were more than 900 active cases in the area and 28 people in hospital, eight of whom are in intensive care, according to the BC CDC date.

The government said six more people died from the virus overnight.

Variants, which are said to be more contagious, also continue to be of concern.

“There are currently 5,739 cases of COVID-19 that are confirmed variants of concern in our province,” the joint statement said on Friday.

“Of the total cases, 212 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 3,858 cases of variant B.1.1.7 (United Kingdom), 71 cases of variant B.1.351 (South Africa) and 1,810 cases of variant P.1 (Brazil). “

Instead of looking for ways to get around current restrictions on indoor visits and travel, the government is asking British Columbians to think about protecting each other.

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“If you choose to see a close friend for brunch on a patio, make sure it’s the same friend every time. If you decide to barbecue in your backyard, just settle for your roommates or family. Or, if you’re visiting your neighborhood park with another family, do it with just one other family and do activities that keep everyone away from each other. “

The government said it has so far administered 1,282,091 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines, of which 87,970 are second doses.

And in the IHA, 178,221 first doses of vaccine were administered.

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